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The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed that it will be awarding the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft after conducting a court-ordered internal review.
"The department has completed its comprehensive reevaluation of the JEDI cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the government," the Department of Defense said in a statement.
DOD noted that the contract will not begin right away because the contract is still tied up in the courts. "While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the preliminary injunction order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DOD is eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform," DOD said.
The Court of Federal Claims in April gave the Pentagon 120 days to review revised data storage proposals from Microsoft and the previous front-runner for the contract, Amazon Web Services.
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.