Donald E. Mansfield

Donald E. Mansfield has been an instructor in Federal contracting for ten years. He teaches both introductory and advanced courses in contracting, as well as courses focused on small business programs, primarily for the Department of Defense (DoD). Don was the lead developer of FAR Fundamentals (CON 090), an introductory contracting course that is required for all incoming DoD contract specialists.

Prior to becoming an instructor, Don had an 11-year career as a contract specialist with the Department of the Navy. From 2003 to 2005, he worked at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC), where he was the Head of the Procurement Division and Deputy for Small Business. Prior to that, he spent four years as a journeyman contract specialist, and later team leader and procuring contracting/grants officer, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) San Diego. His other stops include a one-year stint as a contract and grant administrator at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) San Diego and a three-year contracting internship at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1994, Don was hired into the Navy Acquisition Intern Program in 1995 as an Outstanding Scholar. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego in 2001.

Don has experience in contracting for vessel repair, technical services, research and development, and commercial items. He has published several articles in the Nash and Cibinic Report and actively participates in the online discussion forum at the "Where in Federal Contracting?" Web site (, where he also maintains a blog.

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