Agile Acquisition, Rapid Acquisition, and Innovative Contracting

Hey, y’all. If you found this site, I’m impressed. Most of the articles here on agile acquisition, rapid acquisition, and contracting innovations were written in 2018-2019 before I directed all my acquisition writing over to my new employer for five years. Yes, this site is that old and somewhat outdated…which means it’s sadly still fresher than most of the techniques being used in Federal Contracting in 2024.

Feel free to peruse the pages here, keeping in mind that some are out of date.


I’ve now retired from The MITRE Corporation and transitioning into a new phase of life where I will be writing full-time, non-fiction and fiction.

This month (May 2024), I will move the articles on this site, plus some on LinkedIn, to a free, updated, no-strings-attached ebook you can download, just to make it easier for the next generation of acquisition folks. This site is NOT my priority right now, and I have no plans to look for a new Contracting job, go back to the Government, do any more consulting or being on boards of directors, etc.


That doesn’t mean I’ve said everything I want to say or taught everything I want to teach.


As of 1 May 2024, I am currently working on several books about how to “fix” Contracting, specifically using some secrets I want to share with my community. Once you understand the 3-pronged approach I used for rapid acquisitions in my own career as the “OG of Innovative Contracting” and the 6 areas of concern that show up in every single Contracting organization, you’ll be able to apply the same kinds of solutions as I have myself and have taught others.

But our future is coming fast, and I don’t have time to coach people or small groups individually, so the best way to get these techniques to you will be through a series of books, each for a slightly different audience, slightly different subject. They’ll be written in the same informal, sometimes sarcastic, and always candid voice of the articles on this site. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you want to know when the books are available, follow me on LinkedIn or you can sign up when you download the free ebook of articles on acquisition to hear about any business books I publish.

c 6 May 2024

Lorna Tedder

Lorna Tedder
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  • Acquisition SME at The MITRE Corporation, 2019-2024, specializing in acquisition strategies and innovative contracting tools
  • Recently retired Contracting Officer, unlimited AFMC warrant 1991-2018; Rapid Acquisition Consultant, 2018-2019.
  • Nationally recognized Innovation Thought Leader in Government acquisition
  • Rapid acquisition teacher, both FAR and non-FAR based contracting
  • Master brain-stormer and advisor to program offices across the DoD
  • Expert in developing junior and mid-level personnel to become innovators in Government acquisition
  • 3 decades of first-hand experience and success with Other Transactions, Oral Proposals, 10 USC 2373 (4023), Broad Agency Announcements, unique pricing arrangements, Price Based Acquisition, Award Without Discussion, streamlined source selections, multiple award IDIQs, UCAs, waivers, omnibus tool creation, Quick Reaction Capability teams, and strategic sourcing.
  • Message me on LinkedIn.

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