Pentagon considers cancelling Microsoft project to move data and computing infrastructure to the cloud

May 13, 2021
Whatever the outcome, the DOD's unsolved computer capability gaps still would remain for enterprise-wide commercial cloud services.

WASHINGTON – Pentagon leaders are considering cancelling the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract Microsoft, citing recent complaints from lawmakers about the project. Some suggest that the Pentagon should ditch JEDI and spread out the contract to several different vendors. GeekWire reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 May 2021 -- The massive project to migrate the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) computing infrastructure and data to the cloud has faced several roadblocks after Microsoft won the contract in 2019.

Amazon, a front runner for the contract, has mounted a legal battle since then, blaming former President Trump for improperly influencing the DOD, among other accusations.

Last month a federal judge declined to dismiss allegations that Trump interfered with the contract, allowing Amazon to continue pursuing its argument in court. The DOD sent a memo to Congress in January that seemed to suggest a lengthy deposition process in the cloud computing program would make the JEDI project untenable.

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