The Pentagon had warned Congress in January that it could pull out of the deal if a federal court agreed to consider whether former President Donald J. Trump interfered in a lawsuit that awarded the $10 billion contract to Microsoft through its tech rival Amazon, saying the issue would lead to lengthy litigation and untenable delays. In a press release issued the same day, the DOD said it had « determined that the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its requirements due to changing requirements, increasing cloud conversation, and industry advancements. » The DOD further explained that JEDI was founded at a time when dod needs were different and « the conversation about the cloud was less mature. » The DOD now believes that with « the evolution of the cloud ecosystem » and « changes in user needs, a new procurement is warranted. The decision ends years of legal wrangling over the 10-year contract for cloud services. According to the notice, each contract must be « intended for an execution period of a base period of 36 months with two option periods of 12 months. » As for the value of these contracts, the Pentagon says it « still evaluates the contract cap for this supply, but expects a multi-billion dollar cap to be needed. » He will share more details later. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it has halted the $10 billion cloud purchase of the Joint Venture Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) nearly two years after the contract was awarded to Microsoft. In August 2019, a few weeks before the winner was announced, President Donald Trump ordered that Defense Secretary Mark Esper`s contract be suspended again to investigate complaints about Amazon`s favor.  In October 2019, it was announced that the contract had been awarded to Microsoft. The media noted Trump`s dislike for Amazon founder Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post, a newspaper critical of Trump.   According to Bezos, « Trump used his power to get Amazon out of the JEDI Treaty. »  It should be noted that any company that wins an award under the terms of the tender will receive a three-year contract for its part with two one-year option periods.
When the Defense Department first terminated the controversial JEDI contract in July, officials said they would hold discussions with the top five U.S. cloud infrastructure providers, but that their preliminary market research to this point suggested that only Microsoft and AWS would meet the military`s needs. Requiring a single vendor ultimately doomed the DoD`s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract because of the size and security requirements of the JEDI contract, Amazon was widely seen as the favorite. When the award was awarded to Microsoft, Amazon filed a lawsuit to block the contract, arguing that Microsoft lacked the technical capabilities to meet the military`s needs and that the lawsuit had been biased against Amazon because of Mr. Trump`s repeated criticism of Mr. Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post. The Pentagon today announced a limited tender for a new cloud initiative to replace the cancelled $10 billion ten-year JEDI contract initiative. You may (or may not) remember that he once launched a winning bid that he called JEDI (short for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure). The new initiative has the much less memorable name, Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, or JWCC for short. The JEDI contract was awarded to Microsoft on October 25, 2019, the DoD said, but AWS filed documents with the Federal Claims Court challenging the award on November 22, 2019.  « This is an aggressive campaign we are waging to achieve strategic change [towards JWCC], » she said Wednesday at a forum organized by Government CIO Magazine.
« In most cases, something similar would have taken 10 months for market research. The team did it in 60 days, and that`s because we hear the sense of urgency from our combat commanders: we still have an urgent and unfilled capacity deficit. We don`t have a contract where we can order services and cloud infrastructure at all three classification levels and at the tactical edge. On the contrary, the in-house lawyers told the judges to listen to Oracle`s challenge to the JEDI contract — even though the DoD had already terminated it at the time — because Oracle believes the DoD is likely still using a selection process that unduly excludes all vendors except Microsoft and Amazon. The Defense Department said Tuesday it would not proceed with a lucrative cloud computing contract that has been the subject of a controversial legal battle, amid allegations of interference by the Trump administration. Jared Serbu is deputy editor of the Federal News Network and reports on the Department of Defense`s contractual, legislative, personnel, and IT issues. The deal was seen as a « gift to Amazon » until Oracle (co-chair of Safra Catz) ordered the deal to Amazon Web Services (led by Jeff Bezos), citing the National Defense Authorization Act on IDIQ contracts and conflicts of interest for Deap Ubhi, who worked for Amazon before and after his time at the Defense Department. ==References==This prompted Eric G. Bruggink, a senior judge of the U.S. Federal Court of Claims, to suspend the award of the contract.   The Pentagon announced the successor to the $10 billion Jedi (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract: the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract.
The Washington Post has been aggressively reporting on the Trump administration, and M. Trump has often referred to the newspaper as « Amazon Washington Post » and accused it of spreading « fake news. » He also said companies alongside Amazon should be considered for the JEDI deal, and Amazon argued that it exerted « undue pressure » to influence the Pentagon in choosing a technology provider. That`s part of what the market research process should determine, said Danielle Metz, DoD`s deputy director of information for news companies. The Pentagon said it would « request and negotiate the award of a contract to all responsible suppliers deemed to be able to meet the requirements set out in the attached required capability document. » To that end, in addition to soliciting offers from Amazon and Microsoft, the DoD also solicited bids for the JWCC contract from Google and Oracle. « When we talk about bulletproof vests, other protective equipment, hypersonic weapons or anything else we need to win our future battle, then that`s true for the JWCC, » he said, equating it with the department`s broader war mission. But in filings in its U.S. Supreme Court case last month, Oracle gave no indication that those conversations gave the company reason to believe it had a chance to win a place in the JWCC treaty. Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) cancelled the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud application and began contract termination proceedings. The Department has determined that the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its requirements due to changing requirements, intensifying conversation on the cloud, and industry advances. The ministry continues to have untapped gaps in cloud capabilities for enterprise-wide commercial cloud services at the three classification levels that work at the tactical edge and at scale – these requirements have only advanced in recent years with efforts such as Joint Command and Control across domains (JCDA2) and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Acceleration (ADA) initiative. The department has now completed the market research process for the upcoming Joint Warfighter Cloud Cabability (JWCC) program, which will involve multiple vendors, rather than the single-award approach used by the DoD for the unfortunate JEDI contract.
The ministry expects a decision to be made by the end of the month on which companies will be allowed to participate in the program. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is a major $10 billion U.S. Department of Defense cloud computing contract.   Coinciding with the removal of the JEDI Request for Proposals (RFP), the DoD announced its intention for new cloud efforts. The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) will be a multi-cloud/multi-vendor IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity) contract. The ministry intends to solicit proposals from a limited number of sources, namely Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as available market research shows that these two providers are the only cloud service providers (CSPs) capable of meeting the ministry`s requirements. However, as noted in its Pre-Solicitation Notice, the Department will immediately work with industry and continue its market research to determine whether other U.S.-based hyperscale CSPs can also meet DoD requirements. If so, these departments will also negotiate with these companies.
The Pentagon also did not refer to growing concerns about the security of cloud services. .