Pentagon sticking with Microsoft for $10 billion JEDI cloud contract after review
There's still a long legal battle ahead.
What you need to know
- The Pentagon today reaffirmed its decision to award Microsoft a $10 billion cloud contract.
- The JEDI contract in question has come under intense scrutiny ever since Microsoft beat Amazon out for the bid.
- The contract is still on hold after a court challenge by Amazon earlier this year.
The Pentagon today announced that it still plans to continue work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract with Microsoft after completing a re-evaluation of proposals. The deal will see Microsoft working with the Department of Defense (DoD) to modernize its IT infrastructure. The contract was awarded to Microsoft in 2019, a decision that was challenged by Amazon, who was among the bidders.
In a statement issued today, DoD said:
"We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC. "We're ready to get to work and make sure that those who serve our country have access to this much needed technology."
As the DoD notes, the contract is still on hold due to an injunction issued earlier this year. The court proceeding was initiated by Amazon, another bidder in the selection process, which claims that the DoD's decision was influenced by bias against Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, by President Donald Trump.
In a lengthy blog post responding to DoD's decision, Amazon stated:
While the JEDI contract is held up in courts, recent reporting suggests Microsoft is currently pursuing similar contracts with foreign governments.
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