DOD cloud

COMMENTARY

Could JEDI lose its momentum?

The Defense Department's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract is in a sad state.

DOD announced Oct. 25 that it awarded the massive cloud contract to Microsoft over Amazon Web Services, which had been considered the front runner in what ended up as a head-to-head competition. On Nov. 14, AWS announced its plans to protest the award, charging that Microsoft won the contract because of bias and political influence.

Meanwhile, Oracle has an ongoing case of its own against the single-award JEDI procurement in the Court of Federal Appeals for the Federal Circuit as the company remains steadfast in its effort to stop the contract and essentially make DOD start from scratch, but with a multiple-award approach.

Though it will take some time to resolve the JEDI protests and deploy the infrastructure, the march to the cloud moves on unabated. Microsoft and AWS will continue to market and sell their cloud infrastructures to the Defense Department and the rest of government.

JEDI delays might mean that work on those migrations and other services will be delayed. But remember that JEDI isn’t specifically tied to any of the military services or any specific DOD agency. There will be no mandate to use.

Meanwhile, the service branches also are already moving forward with their own cloud projects, and those are generally mission- or purpose-driven.

As those programs continue to move forward and develop, a delayed JEDI could become less attractive.

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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