Oracle Files Injunction Against DoD’s $10B JEDI Cloud Contract

Cloud computing giant Oracle filed a pre-award injunction with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims against the Department of Defense’s $10 billion single award-indefinite delivery warfighter cloud acquisition contract. The Dec. 6 complaint against the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program comes a month after the Government Accountability Office dismissed Oracle’s formal protest that the DoD’s winner-take-all contract will unduly restrict competition.

“Oracle filed its protest on JEDI with the Court of Federal Claims. The technology industry is innovating around next-generation cloud at an unprecedented pace and JEDI as currently envisioned virtually assures DoD will be locked into legacy cloud for a decade or more,” Oracle Senior Vice President Ken Glueck said in a statement. “The single-award approach is contrary to well-established procurement requirements and is out of sync with industry’s multi-cloud strategy, which promotes constant competition, fosters rapid innovation and lowers prices.”

Amazon seems well-situated to win the contract, which will be awarded next April, as it won a $600 million contract to build the Central Intelligence Agency’s internal cloud in 2013. Additionally, last month Christine Halvorsen, the deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, announced that all of her division’s data was moved to Amazon Web Services after the Las Vegas massacre of 2017.

Oracle was joined in its disapproval of the single-award contract last April by eight other tech companies with vast interests in government contracting, including Microsoft, IBM, SAP America, VMware, General Dynamics Corp, Red Hat and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Additionally, IBM, which acquired Red Hat in October, also filed a complaint to the GAO.

The Pentagon opened solicitation for the contract in July.

“In the absence of modern services, warfighters and leaders are forced to choose between foregoing capabilities or slogging through a lengthy acquisition, rollout, and provisioning process,” the DoD wrote in its request for proposals. “Most importantly, current environments are not optimized to support large, cross domain analysis using advanced capabilities such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet current, and future warfighting needs and requirements.”

Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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