The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that Microsoft has won its JEDI Cloud contract, worth up to $10B over a period of ten years. With this, Microsoft will provide infrastructure and platform services for both the Pentagon’s business and mission operations.
“The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform,” DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said in a related announcement. “The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy was created to support this imperative. This award is an important step in execution of the Digital Modernization Strategy.”
Microsoft beat out Amazon in the final round for this lucrative contract. The process to get to this point has been anything but uncomplicated, though, with various lawsuits, last-minute recusals and other controversies, with even the President getting involved at one point.