An Open Letter to Innovation Hubs

Come on, guys. Let’s get it together and get together. We can be so much more. I’ve been watching some of you for about 18 months and most of you very closely over the last 6 months. Yeah, you’re cool. Truly. I think all of you are doing incredible work, and it’s exciting just being in the same room as you. I love seeing people passionate about innovation and making a difference. It’s real fire-in-the-belly stuff. But there’s an area I think we’re all failing in, and not in a failing-fast-learn-from-it-goodness kind of way that we all talk about when Read More

Turning Fiscal Year End Moans into Better Plans

It’s 11 PM on Fiscal Year Eve. Do you know where your contracts are? It’s…. THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REPUBLISHED at the DISRUPTING ACQUISITION BLOG on 24 September 2019. c 2018 Lorna Tedder Lorna Tedder RAPID ACQUISITION SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT Rapid Acquisition Consultant Recently retired Contracting Officer, unlimited AFMC warrant 1991-2018 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 Read More

Hold on Tight! Here Comes Mission-Focused Business Leadership!

The Air Force’s Mission-Focused Business Leadership is my new mantra, and that’s a good thing because I’m nearly hyperventilating. I’ve been waiting for this moment for 4 years, 2 months and 2 weeks ago–and yes, I’ve been counting. What a great Fiscal Year End present for my former coworkers! I’ll hit what I personally consider to be the highlights–your mileage may vary. Yesterday, Maj Gen (Sel) Cameron Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), sent his first “fireside chat” email (19 Sept 2018) to Air Force Contracting, and I woke up this morning to innovators doing happy dances and the not-so-innovative folks Read More

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