About The Flagship Reports

The Flagship Reports

The Flagship Reports with Dr. Chris Kuehl is both an “Officer of the Watch” briefing of economic conditions and an Executive Briefing on specific situations impacting those conditions.  Written and presented by the officers of Armada Corporate Intelligence, Dr. Kuehl lightens up the mood of sometimes distressful geoeconomic news and with a bit of humor.  The podcast also includes information from the Armada Strategic Intelligence System (ASIS), a tool for durable goods manufacturers that dives deep into the sector each month to provide more than 95% accurate near-term forecasts.

Dr. Kuehl is joined by Manufacturing Talk Radio hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady in this monthly podcast series.  On occasion, Keith Prather, who also contributes to these insightful reports, will join the podcast conversation.  The monthly ASIS and weekly Flagship reports are affordable subscriptions that can be found at www.armada-intel.com

About Dr. Chris Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, American Supply Association, Chemical Coaters Association International and others.  He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies. Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies. Chris is the co-author of The Flagship and the Strategic Intelligence System - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for Fabrinomics from the FMA and The Advisor for ASA.

About Keith Prather

Keith Prather has worked with Fortune 500 companies on a range of projects encompassing economic forecasting to M&A strategy, market research, and strategic planning. He has pioneered the concept of the Continuous Situation Analysis for businesses (similar to a Running Estimate in military circles) that companies use in a fast-paced, aggressive modern business environment.

He serves as an analyst briefing executives on domestic and global economic outlooks, geopolitical risk, global supply chain issues and trends affecting raw material supply and environmental impacts on business operations.  He is the chief editor and one of the two primary writers for the Flagship, an Executive Intelligence Brief. He is also a keynote speaker for industry associations. Keith has an MBA with a focused thesis on Corporate Intelligence. He is a former Chief Financial Officer and has an extensive background in data analysis.

About Armada Corporate Intelligence

Founded by Keith Prather and Chris Kuehl in 2000, Armada began as a competitive intelligence firm, grounded in the discipline of gathering, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence. Today, Armada executives function as trusted strategic advisors to business executives, merging our fundamental roots in corporate intelligence gathering, economic forecasting, and strategy development.


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Host Dr. Chris Kuehl

Chris Kuehl

Mr. Lew Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies.


Judith Fleischer, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.

Manufacturing Talk Radio, an internet radio show that focuses exclusively on manufacturing-related topics, is a key partner of NJMEP. Lew Weiss and Tim Grady are often seen in their yellow jackets at NJMEP events throughout the year. This partnership allows manufacturers around the country to hear about what’s going on in NJ and vice versa. The show can be heard live each 1 pm each Tuesday at https://mfgtalkradio.com/. In addition, a library of previously broadcast show can be found on the website. Recent reports such as the Credit Manager’s Index Report, Inside the ISM Report with Tim Fiore, How MEP’s Help Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers and older broadcasts such as Mfg Talk Radio’s inaugural Woman And Manufacturing series with an interview with Anna Hess, one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” or Live from ISM2017 in Orlando and Live from ISM 2018 in Nashville.

Anthony Nieves, Chair for Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

“Each month there are typically 5 to 6 different media outlets and multiple reporters… this month there are 7 interviews and 3 radio shows but none as important as Manufacturing Talk Radio.”

Sharlene Vichness, President of Language Directions, LLC

“Manufacturing Talk Radio delivers a valuable service to its consistent listeners; that of helping manufacturers and those aligned with the manufacturing industry to stay in touch with trends and knowledge essential to their growth and increased productivity and profitability. Manufacturing Talk Radio provides important knowledge and insight within the framework of easy listening and good humor.”