by Cathy Drummond
Upon further re-consideration, Pentagon’s $10 Billion contract with Microsoft is apparently on hold. And, the Pentagon (wishes) to ponder the contract before moving forward with Microsoft.
Citing cnn.com, the Pentagon wishes to reconsider the decision to award Microsoft a $10 Billion department of Defense (DoD) contract. The $10 Billion DoD contract was awarded to Microsoft to provide cloud storage of its Military and technological sensitive information.
The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract was awarded to Microsoft in October 2019. And, the Pentagon’s newest declaration could quite possibly represent a victory for Amazon. Amazon recently sued in Federal Court to challenge the Pentagon’s awarding of the JEDI contract to Microsoft.
But in light of this recent statement, the Pentagon does state the Agency does not foresee the need to review the matter with either Microsoft or Amazon. However, Amazon does see the recent (statement) by the Pentagon as a change of (heart) on the part of the Agency.
And in a statement, Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that it was “pleased” the Department of Defense “has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary.”
And, that “We look forward to complete, fair, and effective corrective action that fully insulates the re-evaluation from political influence and corrects the many issues affecting the initial flawed award,” the company said.
Microsoft responded to the Pentagon’s (apparent) change of (heart) by saying, the company (will) support the “decision to reconsider a small number of factors as it is likely the fastest way to resolve all issues and quickly provide the needed modern technology to people across our armed forces.”
However, all is not coming up roses for Microsoft, it would seem. Citing politico.com, the department of Defense cited in Agency’s court filing certain “technical aspects” the Agency recognized in the original RFP by Microsoft in court documents which came to light on Thursday.
And, that in (light) of these revelations, it was more than likely Amazon’s case against the Agency will be successful. However, none of the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump had any influence on the Agency’s original decision $10 Billion contract, states the Pentagon.
And, in addition, in the Agency’s Thursday court filing, the Pentagon has requested 120 days to (reconsider) the Agency’s original contract award decision in order to ponder (all) of the (technical challenges) raised by AWS in Amazon’s lawsuit against the agency.
And, accordingly, according to the Pentagon, the Agency’s most recent move is all in the name of Justice. Once the 120 days have passed, both the government and Amazon can decide if any further actions will be needed.