The Department of Defense could take weeks to award the potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract as the Pentagon needs time to brief Defense Secretary andÂ 2019 Wash100 awardÂ recipientÂ Mark Esper, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
âWe are not going to rush to a decision,â Dana Deasy, chief information officer at DoD and fellow Wash100 winner, said during a briefing with reporters. âIâm not going to try to predict an end date.â
Deasy said the JEDI contract is not likely to be awarded in August as he intends to have a number of sessions with Esper to discuss the benefits and need for a departmentwide cloud computing platform.
MicrosoftÂ (Nasdaq: MSFT) andÂ AmazonÂ (Nasdaq: AMZN) are the final twoÂ contendersÂ for the single-award cloud contract, which isÂ expectedÂ to be awarded by the end of August.
A spokesman for the Pentagon said early this month that Esper will review the contract and that no decision will be made until he has completed his assessment of the JEDI program.