Bidding Begins for Pentagon’s Controversial $10 Billion War Cloud
The DoD is now accepting proposals for its 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, to be awarded to a single provider. The controversial contract will make a commercial company responsible for important workloads and classified military secrets accessible around the globe “in a single war cloud.” Amazon Web Services is considered the frontrunner for the contract as it has already secured a contract with the CIA. The RFP requires that the company must be ready to host classified data under the government’s strict standards within 180 days of the contract award, and top secret information within 270 days. Officials from Microsoft and IBM have indicated that they are working to reach these standards, although Amazon remains the only company to have met them. Bidding ends on September 17.