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By Abhay V
Microsoft will retain the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI contract, beats Amazon again
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft won the $10 billion United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract back in October 2019 after affirming that it was not going to withdraw from the bidding process for the Pentagon’s contract due to protests. However, the contract did not go well with companies like Amazon, which filed a lawsuit in November 2019, challenging the decision to award the contract to Microsoft.
Throughout the bidding process, Amazon was reportedly expected to win the contract. However, the Redmond giant supposedly outbid the eCommerce giant in the final rounds to win the contract. Owing to the lawsuit and questions raised through it, the DoD began re-evaluating the bids and requested both the companies to submit revised bids in March this year. Now, the DoD has released a statement (spotted by ZDNet) that reaffirms that the JEDI contract, as originally planned, will be awarded to Microsoft.
Here is the complete statement:
Amazon’s lawsuit reportedly cited political influence and errors to be the reason for the contract being awarded to Microsoft. However, Microsoft has said that the contract was offered to them because it offered “significantly superior technology at a better price”. The firm also stated that Amazon wanted to re-do the contract because it had “gained significant information about its competitor’s pricing” through the lawsuits.
The Pentagon’s JEDI contract aims to procure cloud technologies from the tech giant to modernize the DoD’s systems and infrastructure. The win for Microsoft also opens more opportunities for the company in the government sector.
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By Hamza Jawad
Microsoft announces five-year deal worth $1.76 billion with Pentagon
by Hamza Jawad
A few days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced that a new contract worth $1.76 billion was being handed to Microsoft. The terms of the deal require the tech giant to provide enterprise services to the DoD for a period of five years that reaches completion upon January 10, 2024. Today, Microsoft has officially confirmed the deal, also mentioning further details regarding the deal, and highlighting the sort of support that will be furnished under this partnership.
The Redmond-based company aims to accelerate the DoD's digital transformation strategy through this indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. As such, enterprise services will be provided to the U.S. Defense Department, Coast Guard, and Intelligence Community, quickening the pace at which these agencies adopt cloud solutions. The IDIQ award has been issued under the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), an initiative that is targeted toward the lowering of ownership costs for commercial software and more, across the aforementioned agencies.
Catherine Kuenzel, Vice President of US Public Sector Services at Microsoft, has highlighted the kind of tech and engineering support that can be expected by the DoD as part of this deal:
Interestingly, Microsoft recently announced that it won't be backing down from its bid for a $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract being offered by the DoD to only a single vendor, despite protests. Although that contract has not been handed out to any company just yet, the Redmond giant was recently awarded a $480 million contract from the U.S. army under which the military would be supplied augmented reality systems. The latest deal, coupled with the DoD's reliance on Microsoft in the past, could perhaps indicate the tech giant becoming the potential awardees of the JEDI contract as well.
By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft says it won't withdraw from its Pentagon bid amid protests
by Jay Bonggolto
While other contenders for the U.S. Department of Defense's cloud project are protesting the program after the Pentagon said it would award the contract only to a single vendor, Microsoft says it would pursue its own bid for it. The contract in question is the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) intended to develop a massive cloud computing system for supporting the U.S. military as it builds new weapons and hosts classified information.
Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post today that the software giant is "not going to withdraw from the future." The statement is likely an allusion to a recent plea from its employees calling on the company to step back from JEDI, citing their "expectation that the technologies we build will not cause harm or human suffering."
Smith noted that the Redmond giant has been supplying technology to the Pentagon for 40 years and acknowledged the potential ethical concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. But he added:
Other vendors recently criticized the government's cloud initiative. These companies include Google, which dropped out of the bidding process because it believed the project was in conflict with its corporate values, as reported by Bloomberg. Oracle also protested the contract, according to Washington Technology, followed by IBM for reasons largely related to competition.
Microsoft and Amazon Web Services are the only remaining bidders for the project, though it remains to be seen which company will win the contract.