Pentagon Chief Mark Esper to Reassess JEDI Cloud Contract

Mark Esper

Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper will review the potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract before the Department of Defense awards it, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Pentagon said Esper will reassess the JEDI program and that no decision will be made until he has completed his review of the contract.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) are the final two contenders for the single-award cloud contract, which is expected to be awarded by the end of August.

A federal claims court judge dismissed in July Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) claims of conflicts of interest in the competition for the contract. With regard to the ruling, DoD issued a statement July 28, Sunday, saying the “court’s decision unequivocally concludes that JEDI is a full and open competition and, despite uninformed speculation to the contrary, its integrity remains intact,” according to the report.

The Pentagon released the final requirements for the single-award contract in July 2018.

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