Pentagon inspectors probe 'war cloud' contract

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The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. (file photo)

The Pentagon has opened an investigation into a disputed $10 billion “war cloud” contract, much sought-after by major US tech companies.

The Pentagon Inspector General on Tuesday disclosed that it had opened an official probe into the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program, aka the “war cloud”.

A multidisciplinary team was investigating issues around JEDI, said Dwrena K. Allen, spokeswoman for the Inspector General.

“We recognize the importance and time-sensitive nature of the issues, and we intend to complete our review as expeditiously as possible,” Allen said.

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper. (Photo by AFP)

The Pentagon Inspector General’s office said it will report its findings to the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Congress.

“We will also consider publicly releasing the results, consistent with our standard processes,” the spokeswoman said.

Since the development of Pentagon’s cloud computing JEDI program was announced two years ago, it has been the subject of significant and expensive lobbying efforts by  the country’s top cloud-computing companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle.

This photo taken on September 28, 2011 shows the Amazon logo as seen on a podium during a press conference in New York. (Photo by AFP)

Oracle has acted as the prime JEDI antagonist, taking the Pentagon to court over claims that the cloud-computing procurement process was unfair and biased.

A federal judge dismissed Oracle’s claims, saying the company did not provide proper evidence. The JEDI contract will now go to Microsoft, or more like Amazon.

 Media reports said  the JEDI would allow the US military to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.

from: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2019/08/13/603453/US-Pentagon-Cloud-Computing-Oracle-Amazon-Microsoft

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