by Marjorie Censer, Inside Defense, Washington, D.C. - The chief growth officer of Vectrus told Inside Defense last week the contractor views infusing technology into its programs as the best approach to lower the cost of these efforts.
Speaking from Vectrus' Reston, VA, office, Sue Deagle said the company, which specializes in base and installation operations, is looking across its programs so its employees can learn from each other.
She said services contractors have long been focused on cutting the costs of their initiatives.
"At a certain point in time, we have to infuse technology into what we're doing," Deagle said. "Some may argue, 'Well, how am I going to infuse technology in the guy who's sweeping the floor?' Well, maybe you're not, but you're going to infuse technology in knowing how to deploy him out at the right times."
Using technology accomplishes three objectives, she added.
"It's going to take the cost down, it's going to improve safety and it's going to just bring a level of innovation to the table that these contracts haven't seen before," Deagle said. "That kind of opens the aperture."
She said Vectrus doesn't expect its contracts to cover the cost of developing that technology, but said the contractor can rely on proven commercial technology.
"All these things have been tried" in the commercial facilities world, Deagle said. "We're going to have to do a few pilots."