#KEM Global Market News: Whiskey, Middle East & Putin


  • Cheers to our Partner’s Success!  Boston Harbor Distillery Ribbon Cutting 
  • Emerging Defense Trends – $110 billion in Middle East Opportunities
  • Recommended Thought Leadership – Putin & Russian Literature with our friend ADM Stavridis


All roads – even KEM’s Washington D.C. road – leads to Boston Harbor Distillery!  

Congratulations to our partners at BHD on this successful journey & Ribbon Cutting.  CHEERS!

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The Middle East is likely to present $110 billion in military-export opportunities in the coming decade per Bloomberg.com. Check out the latest #KEM Defense Trends:


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The Gulf kingdom is forecast to boost its arms budget to $60 billion by 2020 from a current level of $49 billion, following a slowdown in the short-term caused by the lower price of oil, reported Bloomberg which cited the study.

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Insightful thought from Ken Miller’s (CEO of KEM) friend, retired ADMIRAL Stavridis, that Russia’s great authors put the country’s aggression in context better than an intel briefing:

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral who serves today as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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#KEM Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance & Congratulates Admiral Harris (USPACOM) & Admiral Swift (USPACFLT)

KEM’s Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance

As Secretary of Defense Ash Carter refers to the Asia-Pacific region as “The Defining region of our Nation’s Future”, KEM and Associates continues to focus on utilizing our capabilities and domain areas in sea, air and space to build networks and opportunities during the Asia-Pacific rebalance.

KEM has worked with clients and associates over the last decade striving to keep peace, enable prosperity, and strengthen partnerships for continued U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

We continue to focus with our proven network of associates on Logistics, Capacity Building & Strategy capability areas supporting U.S. defense priorities and security architecture in this region.

With great pride, KEM congratulates both Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr as he assumes command of the U.S. Pacific Command & Admiral Scott H. Swift as he assumes command of  the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015.

 With an understanding of the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region, Ken Miller, CEO, KEM and Associates LLC, shares:

 “I could think of no one better for these commands.  Admiral Harris and Admiral Swift are both well suited for these big jobs and tasks at hand.”  Kenneth E. Miller

Admiral Harris

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. salutes Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, left, during the joint change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Johans Chavarro)

Admiral Scott

Adm. Scott H. Swift reads his orders as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet from Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. on Wednesday. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Diana Quinlan)