Experts say the doomed contract helped take cloud literacy at the Defense Department to the next level.
It’s not every day that the government solicits a $10 billion contract—or cancels one before it sees the light of day, either. But on July 6, that’s exactly what happened to the years-delayed Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract.
Back in 2017, Defense Department officials were kicking around the idea of buying—not building—an enterprise cloud that would provide services all the way to the tactical edge. But officials opted to choose a single company to perform the work—a choice that industry observers said doomed the project from the start.
“The JEDI cloud was really a shift in mindset to buy the best products that can be found on the commercial market, rather than trying to develop them all in house,” Chris Cornillie, an analyst at Bloomberg Government, said.
For this episode of Critical Update, Nextgov talked with industry experts including Cornillie and the DOD official whose office will lead the orchestration of the JWCC project to understand how JEDI impacted DOD and what the path ahead for the new contract looks like.