The Contracting Experience podcast

The Contracting Experience

Air Force Materiel Command

The Contracting Experience connects government contracting professionals to the world around them through conversations with acquisition influencers, insights into evolving hot topics, and by sharing lessons learned from the field.

32 Episodes

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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 32: Digital Transformation – Kyle Hurst

    In this episode, we sit down with the Department of the Air Force Digital Transformation Office Chief, Kyle Hurst. Hurst talks about the mission of the Digital Transformation Office and why it’s so important for the Air Force to automate unnecessary manual processes and transform digitally in order to compete with near peer adversaries. He also shares what everyday Airmen can do to contribute to this immediate challenge facing the Air Force. Acronyms: AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command DAF – Department of the Air Force Air Force Public Digital Guide: https://wss.apan.org/af/aflcmc/ If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 31: The Acquisition Instructor Course

    In this episode, we talk to the Commandant of the Acquisition Instructor Course or AQIC, Col. Steve Smith. The Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force directed the establishment of an advanced acquisition career field training course developed in partnership with the United States Air Force Weapons School. This unique opportunity for United States Air Force and United States Space Force acquisition professionals aligns with the Force Modernization Talent Management Framework to develop broadly experienced acquisition leaders. Smith discusses the importance of the program and why high-performing Air Force Military and Civilian members should consider applying for the upcoming offering of the Acquisition Instructor Course. Acronyms: AQIC – Acquisition Instructor Course USAFWS – United States Air Force Weapons School If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com. Register at https://www.dvidshub.net/ to access transcripts of the podcast.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 30: Education with Industry: Venture Investing

    This episode of The Contracting Experience podcast features Capt. John Diekel, an Air Force active duty contracting officer currently assigned to Data Collective Venture Capital (DCVC) & Gothams as an Air Force Institute of Technology Education With Industry Fellow. At DCVC, Diekel executes due diligence of startups with dual-use technologies vying for venture capital funding. Simultaneously, Diekel helps startups with dual-use technologies navigate the Department of Defense acquisition landscape in hopes of winning contracts as Gothams' contracting subject matter expert. In this episode, Diekel shares his experience in the EWI program and how he will apply what he’s learned to bolster Air Force missions and U.S. national security. Acronyms: AFIT – Air Force Institute of Technology EWI – Education with Industry DCVC – Data Collective Venture Capital DUNS – Data Universal Numbering System CAGE – Commercial and Government Entity Code KO – Contracting Officer FBO – Federal Business Opportunity If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience -- Episode 29: The Future of Air Force Contracting – Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt

    This episode of the podcast features the head of Air Force Contracting, Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt. Holt talks about the extraordinary response of Air Force Contracting during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also addresses the work focused on the Lines of Effort within the Air Force Contracting Flight Plan and how these efforts are setting up the contracting unit of the future. He also has some big ideas that, if implemented, will revolutionize the way the Air Force conducts business.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 28: Commercial Benchmarking

    On this episode of The Contracting Experience podcast we sit down with Cost/Price Analyst Shannon Prince to discuss commercial benchmarking. Shannon was on a Government benchmarking team that visited five commercial companies from July 2018 to February 2019 to explore what purchasing and pricing strategies commercial businesses use to acquire commercial items and services. Shannon shares what lessons were learned from engaging with the companies and how those lessons can be transferred into how the Government operates. Acronyms: AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command DAU – Defense Acquisition University DCMA – Defense Contract Management Agency DFARS – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement DPC – Defense Pricing and Contracting FAR – Federal Acquisition Regulation FARA – Federal Acquisition Reform Ace FASA – Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act LTA – Long Term Agreement NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act TINA – Truth in Negotiations Act If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 27: Acquisition & Deployments – Maj. Randall Mullen

    On this episode of The Contracting Experience podcast, we welcome Maj. Randall Mullen to share his experiences with deployments in support of the United States military. Mullen discusses what he did to prepare for deployments and what missions he supported. He also shares tough challenges he faced, successes he had with his teams, and how his deployments have shaped his outlook as a leader in the Air Force. Acronyms: OCSIC – Operational Contract Support Integration Cell CJTF – Combined Joint Task Force If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 26: Richard Delisio, Procurement Technical Assistance Center Specialist

    This episode of The Contracting Experience podcast features Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Specialist Rich Delisio. There are 94 PTACs, with over 300 local offices, that form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. Rich talks about how PTACs can assist acquisition professionals and shares examples where PTACs have helped their clients reach successful outcomes. Acronyms PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance Center Links www.aptac-us.org Contact the guest; Rich Delisio Procurement Technical Assistance Center Specialist delisior@ohio.edu
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 25: AFWERX Director – Dr. Brian “Beam” Maue

    AFWERX was established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force to be a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. On this episode, we welcome AFWERX Director, Dr. Brian “Beam” Maue to the podcast to talk about the AFWERX mission and how the organization interacts with its stakeholders. Maue discusses how AFWERX thinks about Agile Contracting and describes the culture of the AFWERX organization, how its people work, and how that has enabled AFWERX’s success in the last two plus years. The ultimate aim of AFWERX is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force. Acronyms AFA - Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium MDO – Multi-Domain Operations JADC2 – Joint All Domain Command and Control LCMC – Life Cycle Management Center SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer Links AFWERX Homepage: https://www.afwerx.af.mil/ AFWERX Newsletters: https://www.afwerx.af.mil/stories/afwerx-newsletters.html AFWERX Challenges: afwerxchallenge.com If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 24: Spark Tank Finalists

    Spark Tank is an annual competition put on by AFWERX where Airmen "pitch" innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts. This episode we sit-down with six of the Airmen who pitched their ideas at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, FL, in February 2020. These Airmen are solving Air Force problems using solutions like: robotic process automation, portable magnetic aircraft covers, C-17 loading aids, low cost threat emitter replicators, weapons loading smart checklists, and battery cell extraction tools. Check out the conversation with these innovators and visit the links in the show notes which include an article with details and videos of each of the Airmen’s ideas. Understanding the problems our Airmen face provides us with better insight as to the most appropriate acquisition solution and strategy will meet warfighter needs. This is directly in-line with leadership’s expectations to be Mission Focused Business Leaders. If you are an Air Force Military or Civilian with an innovative idea, check out AFWERX’s Ideation Platform site in the show notes to share your idea and find avenues for support and funding. Acronyms AOR – Area of Responsibility Links AFWERX Public Affairs article with Spark Tank Finalist videos: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2053169/air-force-announces-spark-tank-2020-selectees/ AFWERX Ideation Platform Site: https://www.afwerx.af.mil/ideation.html If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 23: Civilian Developmental Education

    This episode of the podcast highlights the training and development opportunities open to civilian employees through the Civilian Developmental Education and Civilian Strategic Leader Programs. Applications opened Jan. 13, 2020 and close for boarded programs on Feb. 7 and non-boarded programs Feb. 28. This episode identifies things to consider when applying for CDE or leadership training regardless of when you choose to apply. The first part of the episode features Heidi Bullock, Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Director. Bullock discusses what she looks for in a CDE applicant, how CDE and leadership training can help grow a participant’s career in the Air Force, and some considerations for applicants who may not have been selected for a program in the past. The second part of the episode features four Air Force acquisition professionals: Casey Kopecky, Susan Winn, Robin Harrah, and Stephanie Sanchez. They talk about their experiences in applying for and participating in CDE and leadership training. All four are advocates for professional development and eager to share their experiences. Acronyms CDE – Civilian Developmental Education CSLP – Civilian Strategic Leader Program If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.

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