A Quick Update

Just a quick update to let you know that I’m now consulting independently. If you’ve tried to reach me in the past and not heard back, I have a new email address. If you’d like to update my address in your contacts, message me from my blog or on LinkedIn and I’ll update you. Thanks! 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 Read More

Furry Little Animals and the Air Force’s IT Systems

Once upon a time, I had this really fantastic boss who talked a lot about “furry little animals.” His idea was that “furry little animals” are those minor annoyances that we deal with every day in the office, ones that are too minor to catch the attention of anyone in a leadership role but at the same time they siphon off resources, whether it be manpower, time, energy, supplies, or even relationships. They’re a drain that just doesn’t seem important enough or sexy enough to receive the attention of The Powers That Be. This is the opinion in the trenches, Read More

Needed: Elders in the Acquisition Community

We need Elders in the acquisition community. No just “blue hairs” or “gray beards” but Elders in the…almost…spiritual sense or maybe the anthropological sense. Keepers of the history, not repeaters of it. Human archives. Those who lived our story and are willing and able to explain to the next generation how we got to where we are. Not as a lecture or as direction, but as a history of our people, the mistakes and triumphs, and what we learned so the next generation of acquisition leaders can be better and do better. This is certainly not to say that there’s Read More

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