Rank #1: The Contracting Experience - Episode 14: Services Acquisitions - Nancy Andrews
Services Acquisitions make up approximately 50% of the Air Force expenditures. A significant amount of that spend is for specialized services outside of the Weapon System Program Offices that are overseen by the Program Executive Office Combat and Mission Support. These services range from support of test operations, design and engineering, and technical data to support of facility services of our bases and emergency services to forward deployed locations. Nancy Andrews is the Program Executive Officer of Combat and Mission Support and is also the Senior Services Manager for Services. In this episode, she talks about some of the biggest challenges in Services Acquisition and what goals and initiatives her team has to tackle those challenges. She also gives perspective as a former contracting professional working in a program manager role. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.
Rank #2: The Contracting Experience - Episode 13: Air Force Pitch Day and Beyond - Dr. Will Roper
Speed Chess. In this episode, Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, challenges the workforce to make good decisions faster. He highlights how contracting professionals are shifting the pace in which we buy capabilities through events like Air Force Pitch Day, use of Section 804 authorities, and agile software development. Dr. Roper emphasizes the importance of bolstering commercial start-ups and shines a light on the creativity and innovation being done in Air Force Sustainment. Enjoy this episode and heed Dr. Roper's call for acquisition professionals to help him solve some of the biggest problems facing the Air Force's competitive edge. For more information on Air Force Pitch Day: https://www.afsbirsttr.af.mil/AF-Pitch-Day/ If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #3: The Contracting Experience - Episode 12: Supply Chain Risk Management
SCRM stands for Supply Chain Risk Management. Supply chain risk is not just part of another government acronym. It is a critical risk that needs to be managed as part of our national security. In this episode, we sit-down with Trixie Brewer who is the Mission Readiness Supervisor in Air Force Materiel Command’s Logistics Directorate. Trixie provides candid insight into the integral part we as acquisition professionals play in the important job of managing supply chain risk. If you’re thinking about skipping over this episode, don’t. The information inside is priceless and will make you rethink acquisition processes. Acronyms: IP – Information Protection R&D – Research and Development AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command AFMC/CV – Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel Command A4 – Installations, Logistics, and Force Protection DoD – Department of Defense DOTMLPF – Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities PK – Contracting FM – Financial Management A1 – Personnel OSI – Office of Special Investigations AFRL – Air Force Research Laboratory OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer CFIUS – Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States POTUS – President of the United States DMS – Diminishing Manufacturing Sources DID – Data Item Description CDRL – Contract Data Requirements List Subs – Subcontractors AFIMSC – Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center To learn more about recent SCRM efforts, check out: https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1700969/afmc-capability-roadmap-key-to-evolutionary-supply-chain-risk-management/ If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.
Rank #4: The Contracting Experience - Episode 11: Kessel Run - Tory Cuff
Kessel Run is the Software Capability Development Division within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Program Executive Office - Digital, with a mission to “continuously deliver war-winning software our Airmen love.” On this episode we speak with Tory Cuff, former Agile Acquisitions Branch Chief at Kessel Run. Cuff discusses how Kessel Run is different than other program offices in the Air Force. She goes into detail about the types of challenges the team has faced in doing things differently and how industry has responded to working in a non-traditional Department of Defense environment. This episode is not just for teams that acquire information technology. Cuff talks about lessons learned at Kessel Run and how other acquisition teams can apply those concepts to their organizations. Acronyms in this episode: GEOINT – geospatial intelligence DEVOPS – development and operations OT – Other Transaction DoD – Department of Defense AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command Learn more about Kessel run through a video put out by Airman Magazine (https://vimeo.com/296877646) and another article and video from Defense Acquisition University (https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/program-management/blog/PE-Kessel-Run-Smuggling-Innovation-into-the-DoD). If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #5: The Contracting Experience - Episode 10: Air Force Contracting Roundtable
This episode broke a record for the number of guests on The Contracting Experience podcast at one time! We sit-down with Air Force Contracting’s top leaders to discuss their outlook on Maj. Gen. Holt’s Contracting Flight Plan and provide additional insight into how the four "Lines Of Effort" will be executed. We also have a little fun talking craziest acquisitions and what our Air Force leaders wish they would have known when they started out in contracting. The Air Force leaders featured in this episode are as follows: Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Scott Kiser – Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of Contracting for headquarters U.S. Air Force Tom Robinson – Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Director of Contracts Heidi Bullock – Air Force Materiel Command Director of Contracts Renee Richardson – Representing Brig Gen Ali Trevino as Air Force Installation Contracting Agency Commander David Block – Space and Missile Systems Center Director of Contracting (Acting) Col. Tom Ficklin – Rapid Capabilities Office Director of Contracting (Acting) Chief Master Sgt. Larry Conger – Chief, Enlisted Policy for SAF/AQC Keep an eye out for the Air Force Contracting Flight Plan when it is released to the workforce! If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.
Rank #6: The Contracting Experience - Episode 9: Questions from the Field - Maj Gen Cameron Holt (Part 2)
This episode features a continued conversation with Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, with a focus on questions from the Air Force contracting workforce. Holt candidly addresses questions on retention of the workforce, CON-IT and information technology instability, contracting officer authorities, use of the Government Purchase Card and bringing Air Force business professionals up to the level of industry in utilizing software. Enjoy his direct and honest approach to addressing issues that impact the contracting workforce every day. And if you missed it, go back and check out Episode 7 to hear the first part of our discussion with the Air Force contracting leader. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #7: The Contracting Experience - Episode 8: Mission Focused Business Leaders - Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt (Part 1)
This episode is for all of those acquisition professionals out there who are interested in the new direction of Air Force Contracting. We talk with Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Holt discusses the importance of being a critical thinker and not accepting the status quo. His focus is on “The Why” of what we do, not just “contracting for contracting sake.” This leads to discussion on mission-focused business leaders and the introduction of Holt’s “Air Force Contracting Flight Plan.” Enjoy his straightforward point of view and fresh perspective on what mission-focused business leaders can do to change the acquisition game. Summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: https://dod.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf To share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.
Rank #8: The Contracting Experience - Episode 7: What Business Intelligence Can do for You - Pete Herrmann
Pete Herrmann is a program manager for the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency Business Intelligence Competency Cell. He explains what business intelligence is and how acquisition teams can use it to effectively manage costs. If you haven’t heard about tools like the Air Force Business Intelligence Tool, Procurement IQ Research Reports or the Product Service Code (PSC) prediction tool, check out this episode. Pete explains how these valuable resources can provide actionable business intelligence for acquisition teams and the Air Force. For more information on the tools discussed in this episode, check out the following sites: --AFBIT Lite: https://public.tableau.com/profile/afbit#!/ --Procurement IQ Reports: http://client.procurementiq.com/processlogin.aspx?u=ecGA9Dgmi0gKf3D%2b0bKp9NWtZxiX3cH0uX5NuJQbKkU%3d&p=xhPLKG%2fpZ0G%2fGKEdjWOklg%3d%3d If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #9: The Contracting Experience - Episode 6: Industrial Security Explained - Joyce Pappas
Joyce Pappas is an Industrial Security Program Manager at the Air Force Materiel Command Information Protection office. In this episode of The Contracting Experience, Pappas demystifies industrial security and explains why it is important for acquisition professionals to understand how it impacts contracts. Does industrial security seem daunting or confusing? What is a DD Form 254, and when should you have one in your contract? What resources can you go to for help regarding industrial security issues? Joyce does a great job answering these questions and more on this episode. 5:20 min – industrial security defined and why it’s important 8:40 min – classified contracts and the importance of incorporating security classification guides 14:50 min – What is a DD Form 254? 18:00 min – defense contractor facility clearances 22:15 min – Defense Pricing and Contracting Memo: Use of National Industrial Security Program Classification System within Wide Area Work Flow 28:30 min – additional resources/information on industrial security For more information on the Defense Security Service and additional details on industrial security go to the DSS web site at http://www.dss.mil/. To read the Defense Pricing and Contracting memo, published in October, regarding the use of the National Industrial Security Program Contract Classification System within Wide Area Work Flow visit Air Force Contracting Central or https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA000710-18-DPC.pdf. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.
Rank #10: The Contracting Experience - Episode 5: Speed in Competitive Acquisitions - Brian Morris
On this episode we are joined by Brian Morris, a procurement analyst on the Air Force Contracting field support team. He talks about ways the field support team can help competitive acquisition teams through training and guidance on competitive selection strategies. He discusses the focus on speed and gives advice on how teams can set themselves up for success in competitive acquisitions. Enjoy the conversation, and consider how resources like Brian and some of the more experienced workforce can provide knowledge and perspective to the development of acquisition strategies. Fast-forward to hear.... ...experienced professional resources (1:30) ...Air Force Contracting field support team information (3:30) ...suggestions for competitive acquisition success (5:00) ...what acquisition professionals should remember from history (18:20) ...what Brian enjoys about his job (22:40) Contact Gregg Oneal at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how the Air Force Contracting field support team can assist your acquisition team. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via email@example.com.