34 episodes

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.

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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.

    The Contracting Experience - Episode 34: Accelerating Commander’s Initiatives – Kimberly Norman and Barbaralee Mariano Kelleher

    The Contracting Experience - Episode 34: Accelerating Commander’s Initiatives – Kimberly Norman and Barbaralee Mariano Kelleher

    This episode features Air Force Materiel Command's Commander's Initiatives Group Director Kimberly Norman, and Procurement Analyst Barbaralee Mariano Kelleher, who discuss the AFMC CDX office and how it is accelerating innovation initiatives. They talk about what CDX’s mission is and the progress that has been made through the AFMC We Need initiative. In addition, the ladies share how the AFMC workforce can engage with CDX to get additional resources and help solve problems out in the field.

    Acronyms:
    AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command

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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 33: CON-IT Transition – Jay Olson

    The Contracting Experience - Episode 33: CON-IT Transition – Jay Olson

    In this episode, we sit down with Chief of the Contracting Business Systems Division under the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Jay Olson. Olson talks about the transition from Air Force contract writing system ConWrite to CON-IT. This episode gives important information to all members of the acquisition team on what they should expect in preparation for and transition to the new CON-IT system. Olson also introduces the ConWrite Transition Plan which can be found by Air Force Acquisition professionals on the Air Force Contracting Central homepage.

    Acronyms:
    SPS – Standard Procurement Systems
    ACPS – Automated Contract Preparation System
    SAF/AQCI - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Contracting Business Systems Division
    AFLCMC – Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    MOCAS – Mechanization of Contract Administration Services
    AFRL – Air Force Research Laboratory
    BOD – (Contracting) Board of Directors

    Vision Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uZEU8GW5z-w

    If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.

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

    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.

    The Contracting Experience - Episode 31: The Acquisition Instructor Course

    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.

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    The Contracting Experience - Episode 30: Education with Industry: Venture Investing

    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.

    The Contracting Experience -- Episode 29: The Future of Air Force Contracting – Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt

    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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

mrwagner08 ,

Great BI breakdown

Great breakdown of Business Intel for contracting.

Hicforme ,

Great Variety of Content

My favorite episode so far is episode 4. The leadership concepts highlighted come across as genuine and authentic. The host does a great job asking probing questions, and the production quality is fantastic. Looking forward to hear from more places outside of WPAFB. More episodes please :)

TCE Listener ,

Great for contracting field

Well produced, interesting content for new and experienced government acquistion professionals. Lots of great, timely info. Would be a great listen for those seeking to work with government as well.

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