The Pentagon May Cancel Microsoft’s JEDI Contract

The Pentagon might pull the plug on Microsoft’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure (JEDI) contract because of incessant litigation from Amazon, which feels it was slighted for political causes.

“We’re going to should assess the place we’re with regard to the continued litigation round JEDI and decide what the very best path ahead is for the division,” Deputy Protection Secretary Kathleen Hicks stated, noting that the division was now reviewing the award.

The JEDI contract is mired in political troubles triggered by the controversial earlier White Home administration, which had a private agenda towards Jeff Bezos as a result of the Amazon founder and CEO additionally owns The Washington Put up, a publication that was extremely important of the ex-president throughout his contentious time in workplace. Bezos and Amazon have lengthy claimed that that they had the higher bid and misplaced the contract solely due to political causes.

In September 2020, the U.S. Division of Protection introduced that it was shifting ahead with Microsoft because the winner of its JEDI contract. However a federal decide in April refused a Pentagon request to dismiss Amazon’s lawsuits, resulting in the present evaluate, which might be problematic for Microsoft.

Apart from the political angle, there are severe questions in regards to the Pentagon awarding such an essential and long-term contract to a single outdoors firm, and it looks as if splitting the award between a number of individuals could be extra prudent for a lot of causes.