After cancelling its contentious Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud contract solicitation in July, the US Department of Defense (DoD) promised a followup request for proposals to provide cloud services for national defense under a less catchy acronym, the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC). The Pentagon …
Does the DoD realise that they are immediately mortally crippled and fatally disadvantaged in the fields in which they propose to enter to explore and presume to assume a leadership position in, with any sort of requirement that insists that applications or applicants be US-based hyperscale CSPs [Cloud Service Providers]?
Uncle Sam may like to remedy that fundamental flaw rather than suffer the consequences of the mistake and short-sighted oversight in order to have any reality chance of united progress and global success.
I'm sure the Chinese among others would be happy to submit a very attractive bid and might very well deliver a superior product at very low cost. With adequate backing from their intelligence people, they would not be burdened by unpleasant constraint like the need to show a profit.
Of course the US requires a US contractor for a DOD data management system. They'd require that even if the country didn't have much in the way of qualified candidates. Fortunately the US does have a number of companies that look to be as qualified as any in the world. Now whether there is a meaningful job there. That's a different issue.
What excuse do UKGBNI MoD AWEsome* Services offer to not submit a winning superior product bid at whatever cost is necessary and required?
* Almighty Warfighter Experiment ....... https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/events/army-warfighting-experiment/
Are they waiting for a lead to be shown to them by a renegade rogue paramilitary operation?
The DoD has had a lot of problems with One-Ring-to-rule-them-all systems like the F35 and the Zumwalt - way over budget and mission unclear. JEDI would have been the same. Smaller steps with upgrades while testing/using offers better returns. Done right they can get a better deal by making the companies compete against each other in making sure the products are actually useful. "Done right".
To be fair, for a fleeting moment, to the DoD, they don't have a monopoly on over budget, over running projects. (SLS anyone?) Nor is this just a US malaise: The Brits are perfectly capable of screwing up a big project too. I suspect other countries are quite capable of such accomplishments too.
As to why big projects over run and go over budget: Well, there's a whole host of project management textbooks that explore that topic.
LOL, you don't understand how the military works - the only concern of a multi-billion dollar contract is to make companies and their owners richer. You should look at the last time the American military actually completely won a war that they fought ... it was 1783, they have screwed up ever since but it's still a nice profitable business process, wars are very profitable.
The best way to replace JEDI would be SitH, "Software in the Hardware".
A never before attempted unique concept, where software actually runs on hardware.
Once JEDI is gone, SitH will rule the galaxy.
A powerful SitH it will be.
We shall call it Darth Copyrightinfringement.
Sorry, Mr. Lucas...
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