Microsoft Beats Amazon Yet Again To Retain Pentagon's $10 Billion JEDI Contract

Andrew Eversden  30 minutes ago   The Department of Defense reaffirmed its JEDI cloud contract award

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it will move forward with Microsoft as the victor of its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.

The decision, which comes more than six months after a federal judge halted work on the contract in response to a legal challenge from Amazon, is not likely to put an end to the battle.

"While Amazon will continue to fight this issue in "JEDIgate" and possibly drag out the inevitable start of JEDI we ultimately believe this is a paradigm changer for Microsoft who will remain the lone victor in this hard fought technology/K Street battle that took place over the previous year and remains a stinging defeat for Amazon and Bezos".

Amazon contended in a blog post that the DoD's re-evaluation of bids was a "do-over" to let Microsoft fix a flawed proposal so USA officials could "validate a flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision".

AWS said Friday it will keep fighting the Pentagon's decision to award its massive cloud transformation contract to rival Microsoft because it believes President Donald Trump corrupted the entire selection process.

The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, is valued at as much as $10 billion over a decade.

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"We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value", Microsoft said.

"The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government", the Pentagon said in a statement.

Accordingly, Amazon's distributed computing arm, Amazon Web Services, attacked the DoD and Trump in a searing post to its open segment blog, calling the administration's examination "just an endeavor to approve a defective, one-sided, and politically ruined choice".

"On JEDI, President Trump reportedly ordered former Secretary Mattis to "screw" Amazon, blatantly interfered in an active procurement, directed his subordinate to conduct an unorthodox "review" prior to a contract award announcement and then stonewalled an investigation into his own political interference", the company wrote.

President Trump has publicly and privately indicated that he did not want the contract to go to Amazon, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, a frequent target of the president's criticism. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that may make a full vary of cloud computing companies accessible to the DoD. As per the he initial decision, it was awarded to Microsoft on October 25, 2019. Amazon had argued that had this part of the contract been correctly evaluated, it would have won the contract. It even requested Microsoft and Amazon to submit revised bids in March this year. The department said it needed the extra time to "reopen limited discussions related to certain aspects of the offerors' pricing proposals".

The organization proceeded to state that this choice doesn't mean work will start promptly since February's impermanent directive despite everything stands, except it is "anxious to start" working with Microsoft to modernize the Pentagon's IT foundation.

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