Pentagon makes case for Return of the JEDI: There's only one cloud biz that can do the job and it starts with an A (or rhymes with loft) | 8/9/2019 | Staff
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The US Department of Defense is pushing back against criticism of its proposed $10bn winner-takes-all cloud mega-deal, dubbed JEDI.

The Pentagon this week emitted a flurry of paperwork and presentations including a slide deck [PDF] on the project and an alleged fact sheet [PDF] addressing condemnation of the IT super-contract.

Response - JEDI - Limbo - Review - Deal

The response comes as JEDI finds itself in limbo pending a review of the deal by Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper at the order of The White House.

In the slide deck, the Pentagon addressed claims JEDI – aka the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program – was deliberately crafted to give AWS a sweetheart deal. The contract essentially calls for a single vendor to provide the Pentagon worldwide cloud services for a decade.

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"The JEDI solicitation reflects the unique and critical needs of DoD, which operates on a global scale and in austere, disconnected environments," the DoD said in explaining its one-provider specification. "It is important for a warfighter in Afghanistan to access the same information as an analyst in Washington, DC or a service member training in California."

The document goes on to note that only a handful of companies on the planet can deliver cloud services on the scale Uncle Sam needs, and many of those are in China. Of the five non-Chinese providers deemed capable, four participated in JEDI bidding and two – Microsoft and AWS – made the cut for final consideration.

Point - Contention - Length - Contract - JEDI

Another point of contention raised was the length of the contract. While JEDI is usually described as a 10-year, $10bn plan, the DoD noted...
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