WASHINGTON – As the Pentagon mulls whether to scrap the so-called JEDI cloud computing contract worth potentially $10 billion, it will decide what’s next within a month or so, says Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article
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6 July 2021 -- The contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud for use across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) was awarded to Microsoft, but it’s been mired in legal challenges.
Hicks, the Pentagon’s number-two civilian, says the Pentagon’s centerpiece joint warfighting strategy, Joint All-Domain Command and Control, hinges on its implementation of cloud computing - and that using the technology at the “boardroom” level would enable efficiency measures such as internal audits and inventory control.
Hicks's comments came as Pentagon officials have been pitching a $715 billion defense budget on Capitol Hill that emphasizes technology development and divests from legacy platforms. That budget reflects a forward push, even as the administration is conducting a revamp of the national defense strategy to direct future modernization efforts.
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