In this interview, J.P. (Jack) London describes his Naval career, including earning a master’s degree in operational research at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and how that, plus his doctorate in business administration from George Washington University, led to his work doing logistical planning for the U.S. Naval Material Command. When he left the service, that experience led him to private sector companies that contracted with the Navy for logistical support. This ultimately led him to a position with CACI, which developed and sold the simulation software product SIMSCRIPT. Dr. London remained with CACI for the rest of his career becoming CEO in 1984. He describes the transition of CACI from a company providing services using the SIMSCRIPT product to a full service IT contacting firm developing large-scale logistical systems for the U.S. Military and expanding to include document management for the Department of Justice Office of Litigation Support and extensive IT support for a number of intelligence agencies. Most of CACI’s growth strategy and expansion into new areas of expertise came about through strategic acquisitions, and Dr. London talks in depth about the importance of company culture and how identifying compatible cultures was the key to their success with mergers and acquisitions.
London, J.P. (Jack); Automated Document Indexing and Integration System (ADIIS); CACI; Challenger Research, Inc.; Competition in Contracting Act; DOCEX; Karr, Herb; Office of Litigation Support (OLS); Quick Query; SIMSCRIPT; Standard Army Automated Contracting System (SAACONS); Trident Integrated Logistics System; U.S. Naval Academy; U.S. Naval Air Development Center; U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; U.S. Navy Weapons Systems Analysis Office