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Author: Air Force Materiel Command

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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.
12 Episodes
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 ProtectionR&D – Research and DevelopmentAFMC – Air Force Materiel CommandAFMC/CV – Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel CommandA4 – Installations, Logistics, and Force ProtectionDoD – Department of DefenseDOTMLPF – Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and FacilitiesPK – ContractingFM – Financial ManagementA1 – PersonnelOSI – Office of Special InvestigationsAFRL – Air Force Research Laboratory OEM – Original Equipment ManufacturerCFIUS – Committee on Foreign Investments in the United StatesPOTUS – President of the United StatesDMS – Diminishing Manufacturing SourcesDID – Data Item DescriptionCDRL – Contract Data Requirements ListSubs – SubcontractorsAFIMSC – Air Force Installation and Mission Support CenterTo learn more about recent SCRM efforts, check out: you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via
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 LogisticsScott Kiser – Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of Contracting for headquarters U.S. Air ForceTom Robinson – Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Director of ContractsHeidi Bullock – Air Force Materiel Command Director of ContractsRenee Richardson – Representing Brig Gen Ali Trevino as Air Force Installation Contracting Agency CommanderDavid 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/AQCKeep 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
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 important8:40 min – classified contracts and the importance of incorporating security classification guides14:50 min – What is a DD Form 254?18:00 min – defense contractor facility clearances22:15 min – Defense Pricing and Contracting Memo: Use of National Industrial Security Program Classification System within Wide Area Work Flow28:30 min – additional resources/information on industrial securityFor more information on the Defense Security Service and additional details on industrial security go to the DSS web site at 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 you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via
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