New podcast targets Air Force contracting, acquisition fields Published Oct. 17, 2018 By Marisa Alia-Novobilski Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Contracting Directorate at the Air Force Materiel Command has launched a new podcast to educate and inform government professionals across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the field. “The Contracting Experience” provides listeners insight into evolving issues, high-performance leadership and lessons from the field through conversations with acquisition influencers and contracting leaders, in an easy-to-listen format available on demand. “This is an opportunity for us to connect with the large, widespread contracting workforce in a more modern format,” said Amber Pecoraro, a procurement analyst at AFMC and the host of the podcast. “The episodes can be accessed at any time or place a listener chooses and provide interesting, thought provoking insights from influencers across the field.” The first episode features a conversation with Heidi Bullock, the AFMC Director of Contracting, who provides insights into her Air Force career and discusses the role of contracting professionals in delivering rapid solutions for current and emerging warfighter needs. Future episodes include interviews with both civilian and military contracting leaders, including Air Force Col. Damian Wilborne, AFMC Deputy Director of Contracting; Bob Bochenek, AFMC Technical Director of Contracting; Daniel Harris, Contracting Systems Branch Chief and CON-IT development lead; and Brian Morris, a procurement analyst at Air Force Contracting; among others. Podcast topics include episodes focused on acquisition agility, influential leadership, tips for new contracting officers and an emerging contract writing system called CON-IT due to roll-out to Air Force locations in the near future. New episodes are scheduled for release each month. The podcasts are available on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website. Listeners can also search for “The Contracting Experience” on iTunes or through their favorite podcast application. A direct link to the podcast download page is available here: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=1439350579. Individuals on the Air Force domain can access the podcasts at http://go.usa.gov/xPR4f. Listeners can also find the podcast on Stitcher by visiting Stitcher: The Contracting Experience.