The high-profile contract, which could have been worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, would have established a common computing and data storage system for the military. It also would have allowed for secure information sharing across the Defense Department.
The JEDI program was thrust into the spotlight during the summer of 2019 after Trump took a personal interest in the competition ahead of the contract award, publicly raising questions about whether it unfairly favored Amazon. Trump has publicly feuded with Amazon founder Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, since his 2016 presidential campaign.
Now, the department intends to launch a new cloud effort, the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability, or JWCC. The new program will go to more than one vendor and involve multiple awards and have a performance period of no more than five years.
The Pentagon will seek proposals from a limited number of sources, namely Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, as market research indicates these vendors are the only ones capable of meeting the department’s requirements. However, officials will “immediately” engage with industry and continue research to determine if any other cloud service providers could compete.