Dana Deasy: Pentagon Eyes JEDI Cloud Contract Award by August

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, said DoD expects to award the potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement contract by the end of August, National Defense reported Tuesday.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon Web Services are the final two contenders for the single-award, firm-fixed-price contract, which is in the source selection phase.

A federal claims court hearing on the JEDI contract is scheduled some time in July and Deasy said DoD will no longer wait for the court’s decision on the program and has begun laying out plans for setting up a cloud environment for each military branch.

“It’s the logical time to sit down with the various services, start to describe what we believe the general purpose cloud environment will start to look like and, more importantly, for them to start thinking about what activities set will they have coming up this fall and going into next year that might be a good candidate” for JEDI, he told reporters Tuesday at a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C.

Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, noted that the Pentagon has conducted “cloud awareness sessions” within service subcomponents and combatant commands in the past six months to inform them of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

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