John Jumper: Contractors Seeking Commercial, Intl Growth to Counter Sequestration

John Jumper
John Jumper

John Jumper, Science Applications International Corp. chairman and CEO, told the National Press Club Thursday in Washington that contractors are seeking new ways to help their government customers as missions change during sequestration.

Jumper also highlighted how companies are seeking growth in adjacent markets and how government market experience can help fulfill demand in those sectors, according to an SAIC release.

“Businesses are looking to expand portfolios into the higher growth commercial and international markets,” Jumper said.

Jumper also said SAIC brings experience in analytics and data from its government work, adding that experience can help meet emerging demands in the commercial health and engineering sectors.

He also outlined the challenges facing the military as it seeks to rely less on large systems and to the country as a whole due to cyber threats and other large-scale disasters.

“The bigger issues for the coming years are first, how to achieve the next level of military capability without depending on traditional modernization of big expensive platforms, and second, the vulnerability of our nation’s digital and physical economic infrastructure from cyber attacks, natural disasters, terrorism and other  ‘new-world’ dangers,” he said.

Businesses are becoming more aware of their vulnerabilities, he added.

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