SAIC exec says alternative contracting tools get things done in DOD work

Carten Cordell
SAIC exec says alternative contracting tools get things done in DOD work

Defense officials are increasingly fueling a boom of alternative contracting vehicles to help bolster modernization efforts with greater speed, and that’s OK with Science Applications International Corp.’s Jim Scanlon. Speaking Thursday at the Center Strategic & International Studies’ Main Street Defense Series, Scanlon, general manager for the Reston contractor’s defense systems unit, said the Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) — which bypass some traditional acquisition regulations in favor of rapid prototyping and speed — have made it easier for companies like SAIC (NYSE: SAIC) to collaborate on the vehicles and platforms the Department of Defense is seeking.