On July 26, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for its much anticipated and politically sensitive Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud. The solicitation envisions a full and open competition leading to a single award for a contract that could last up to 10 years and be worth $10 billion if all options are exercised to provide commercially-based cloud services. JEDI is the first attempt by DoD to create an enterprise-wide cloud infrastructure capable of handling the volume, variety and sensitivity of DoD information. DoD needs to stick with its well-informed and correctly argued position. Until the Pentagon knows how to employ an enterprise-wide cloud to support the warfighter, it does not want to take on the extra management and contracting burdens that will inevitably come with a program that allows multiple contractors. I have written more about this for RealClearDefense here.
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