Dana Deasy CIO DoD

Dana Deasy: Pentagon Eyes JEDI Cloud Contract Award ‘Re-Announcement’ by End of August

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said DoD expects to provide an update on its decision on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract by the end of August, CRN reported Thursday.

DoD is on track to “do a re-announcement of our intentions to award probably sometime towards the very end of August, barring any last-minute unforeseen additional issues that are raised,“ Deasy said in an online press conference.

A federal judge in April moved to grant the Pentagon's request for a 120-day remand to review the JEDI contract award decision and Deasy said the military’s review of a section of the solicitation is now drawing to a close and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon Web Services have responded.

“Our goal is to finish the evaluation of those responses in August, which was always our plan,” Deasy said.

He noted that the department’s plan to establish an enterprise cloud to serve as the foundation of digital modernization “has always been much more than JEDI.”

“Efforts of the national defense strategy are all about getting modern effective technologies into the hands of our warfighter,” Deasy said. Those technologies include the cloud; command and control communications; artificial intelligence; cybersecurity; and data.

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