Pentagon removes JEDI from Win for Amazon at Microsoft’s expense
WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials terminated the massive JEDI cloud computing contract on Tuesday and said they would start from scratch with a new project, ending a multi-year initiative that had become bogged down in litigation over ‘Amazon.com Inc. and a barrage of objections from Congress.
In terminating the contract with Microsoft Corp., Defense Department officials mainly focused on technical reasons, saying advances in cloud computing and the Pentagon’s evolving needs have made the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program obsolete.
“The changing landscape is what guided our thinking,” said John Sherman, acting Pentagon chief information officer. “JEDI was the right approach at the time,” he added, but with changing circumstances, “we are in a different place”.
The decision will open the new cloud project, renamed Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability, to all qualified bidders, Pentagon officials said. Besides Microsoft and Amazon, officials said qualified bidders could include Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp.
Bidders are expected to be identified around October, officials said, with the new contract due in spring 2022. The new contract will not last more than five years, the Pentagon said. Its value was not immediately determined, although officials said it would be worth billions of dollars.