Pentagon scraps $10 bn cloud contract amid Amazon-Microsoft dispute
A Defense Department statement said the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract would be canceled because it no longer meets current needs and that it would start a process for a "multi-cloud/multi-vendor" computing contract.
"With the shifting technology environment, it has become clear that the JEDI Cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD's capability gaps," a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement.
The statement said the Pentagon would seek proposals "from a limited number of sources," including Amazon and Microsoft, noting that available market research indicates that the two vendors are the only cloud service providers capable of meeting the department's requirements, but would consider other firms as well.
The 10-year JEDI program was designed see all military branches sharing information in a cloud-based system boosted by artificial intelligence.
Amazon alleged it was shut out of the deal because of former president Donald Trump's vendetta against the company and its chief executive Jeff Bezos.