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Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive

A sponsored series showcasing stories from SMA 

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt

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SMA is pleased to sponsor Scribble Talk. As one of the top Apple podcasts it delivers valuable knowledge to bid and proposal professionals world-wide. It’s a great source for mentoring and career development, and each episode is so much fun! SMA has been the global leader in capture and proposal services for 38 years.

Ajay Patel, President and Chief Executive, SMA Inc 

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive is our first ever sponsored weekly show produced by Baachu Scribble and hosted by Ashley Kayes and Baskar Sundaram.

I dedicate Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive to these veterans and to their clients.

Listen in and get to know them personally…

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt



Baskar Sundaram

Today's Guest Is Alvin (Al) S. Whitt

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt

Alvin (Al) S. Whitt is a Principle Associate for SMA, Inc., formerly Steven Myers & Associates (SM&A).  SMA is the world’s foremost management consulting firm providing leadership and mentoring solutions to position clients to PURSUE the right business opportunities, WIN new business, and PERFORM complex projects and programs.

Mr. Whitt is an executive level consultant for proposal development and program management services in both public and private industries.  He leads integrated product teams through all phases of proposal and program execution from inception to completion.  He guides the teams in the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budget and financial terms and conditions of contracts.  He is an expert in Logistics enterprise, technology insertion, engineering change management, proposal development, program management, program assessments, program affordability analysis, configuration and data management, and modernization of logistics capabilities and processes.

Al Whitt was born in Richlands, Virginia and grew-up in North Carolina where he graduated from Brunswick County High School in 1974 and earned a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University in 1978.  He subsequently earned a Master of Science in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University in 1993.

Upon graduation from the university, Mr. Whitt was employed in the private sector for two years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1980.  In 1985, he was selected to attend the Air Force Officers’ Training School; Mr. Whitt was commissioned in January 1986.  He held assignments at the product center, wing-base, and air logistics center levels; systems center level, major command level, and various joint and inter-agency levels.  Mr. Whitt retired from the USAF in March 2003 in the grade of Major after 22 years of military service.

Prior to coming to SMA, Al Whitt served as the Chief, MILSATCOM Logistics Integration, Directorate of Logistics, MILSATCOM System Program Office, Space and Missile Center. Before joining the MILSATCOM System Program Office, Mr. Whitt served as the Chief Joint Logistics and Deputy Chief for Counter Drug Operations in Lima, Peru.  He was the principal advisor to the US Ambassador on all security assistance matters and counter drug operations support by Department of Defense personnel.

In this episode we will discuss Al’s

  • Life and Career
  • Airforce Career Journey 
  • SMA tenure and his wide role  
  • Cost Volume and Technical Volume writing  
  • People influential in his life and career 
  • Advice to bid and proposal professionals 
  • Few fun Qs…. 

    Get to know the human side of SMA Inc expert, Alvin Whitt 

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Since 1982, SMA has been the global leader helping companies be more competitive from market entry, to winning business, to profitable operations. Clients hire us for the expertise and experience of our world-class talent, and the operational strength and insights we bring from 38 years of corporate experience across many industry segments and markets.

SMA’s Talent On Demand (TOD®) digitally enables the professional services activity chain from talent sourcing and project resourcing to delivery. TOD® enables you to capture relevant information to describe the capabilities and past performance of your talent, and ensure they have the right professional characteristics for each required role. For each project, TOD® ensures you:

  • Find the right talent for the effort
  • Optimize your workforce
  • Get the right capabilities
  • Rapidly meet your project need
Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt


SMA  provide a range of free, online assessments for you to assess your internal capabilities against best practices:

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt

CA/PTW Assessment: Start the Journey to Improve Your Internal Processes

Assess your implementation and execution of Competitive Assessment/Price-to-Win (CA/PTW) on proposal efforts. The assessment looks for objective evidence that your CA/PTW implementation and execution aligns with industry best practices.

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt

Proposal Assessment: Are You Ready for Your Next Review?

Did you use best practices promoted by the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) to develop your current proposal? Take our free Proposal Assessment to find out before that next review!

Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt

EVMS Assessment: How Does Your Implementation Score Against Best Practices?

How do your Earned Value Management System (EVMS) implementation and practice score against EIA-748? Take our free online EVMS Assessment and find out!


A good strategy process produces distinctive, robust, actionable decisions on the most important issues.

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Scribble Talk SMA Exclusive - Episode 3 - Alvin Whitt
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