#KEM Salutes Secretary of Defense Mattis

Congratulations to General James Mattis, our 26th Secretary of Defense (SecDef).  Welcome, Sir!

#KEM is committed to working with our strategic partners to support the new administration by helping to ensure a smooth transition, strengthen national security, build U.S. alliances, and safeguard military readiness, now and in the future.

By a 98-1 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th SecDef , followed by Vice President Michael R. Pence administering his oath of office on 20 January 2017.  Secretary James Mattis arrived at the Pentagon for his first full day of office on January 21, 2017.

“Our military is the envy of the world, representing America’s awesome determination to defend herself,” he said. “Working with you, I will endeavor to keep our unique all volunteer force second to none.” Secretary James Mattis



#KEM: Good Luck to Team USA’s Military Olympians!


Recent Air Force Academy cadet, now Marine 2nd. Lt. David Higgins, center, competes in prone rifle. (Photo: U.S. Air Force) – Watch 12 Aug 2016

#KEM wishes all the USA’s Military Olympians good luck in participating and representing our country with pride in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Go Team USA!

We honor all who are competing and serve our country.

Here is #TeamUSA’s Military Olympian Roster for Rio 2016: (source:

  • 2nd Lt. David Higgins
    • Service: Marine Corps, Air Force Academy Class of 2016
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 25m rapid fire pistol

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Eller

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Spc. Dan Lowe

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10m air rifle

    Vincent Hancock

    • Service: Army veteran
    • Event: Skeet

    1st Lt. Cale Simmons

    • Service: Air Force
    • Event: Pole Vault
    • When to watch: Aug. 13-20

    2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Pole vault

    Staff Sgt. John Nunn

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50K race walk

    Spc. Leonard Korir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Paul Chelimo

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 5,000m run

    Sgt. Hillary Bor

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 3,000m steeplechase

    Regine Tugade

    • Service: Incoming Naval Academy midshipman
    • Event: 100m sprint (competing for Guam)

    Sean Furey

    • Service: Navy civilian
    • Event: Javelin

    Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Modern pentathlon

    Lt. Edward King

    • Service: Navy
    • Event: Rowing, lightweight men’s four

    Peter Lombard

    • Service: Navy veteran
    • Sport: Mountain bike (competing for Guam)

#KEM Congratulates Vice Admiral Jospeh P. Aucoin & Thanks for invite to U.S. 7th Fleet’s Change of Command (Japan)

With great pride, KEM congratulates Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin as he assumes command of the U.S. Seventh Fleet on September 7, 2015.

7th Fleet Invite

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

“Vice Admiral Aucoin is a good friend and strategic, high performance leader. He will add tremendous capability for the U.S. Navy while supporting the long term commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance. It was a true honor to be invited to Japan for his Change of Command.”Kenneth E. Miller

The selection of U.S. defense leaders for this region, such as Vice Admiral Aucoin is key as DoD focuses on the Asia-Pacific rebalance and its forward presence.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten/RELEASED)

These efforts focus on building relationships, alliances, and modernization of maritime capabilities in order to secure U.S. interests and leadership globally and respond rapidly to maritime crises in the 21st century.

To learn more about the DoD’s three Asia-Pacific region maritime objectives to build greater regional capacity and mitigate risk by:

  • Safeguard the Freedom of the Seas
  • Deter conflict and coercion
  • Promote adherence to international laws and standards

Check out the Asia Pacific Maritime Security Strategy

Asia Pacific Book Cover

#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 Check out the latest #KEM Defense Trends:–60bn-by-2020-594944.html

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

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)