back to article US Defense Department invites four cloud firms to seek contracts for JEDI replacement system

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 …

  1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
    Happy

    Missed opportunity

    Joint

    Advanced

    Warfighter

    Augmentation

    1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Missed opportunity

      Return of the JEDI

      Use the Force, Luke.

      1. msobkow Silver badge

        Re: Missed opportunity

        In the case of the millitary, the quote should be paraphrased:

        "Its all a farce, Luke!"

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Re: The Natural Course of/for Advanced IntelAIgent Designs in AWEsome Development

    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.

    1. vtcodger Silver badge

      Re: The Natural Course of/for Advanced IntelAIgent Designs in AWEsome Development

      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.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: The Natural Course of/for Advanced IntelAIgent Designs in AWEsome Development

        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?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    4 competing suppliers will try harder than 1 non-competing supplier.

    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".

    1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: 4 competing suppliers will try harder than 1 non-competing supplier.

      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.

  4. msobkow Silver badge

    If the contract "no longer met their needs" before it was even STARTED work, then maybe the bloody military should figure out what the hell they actually NEED before awarding a multi-billion dollar contract to do a vague "something" that they're not sure of.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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.

  5. Lucy in the Sky (with Diamonds)

    SitH

    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...

  6. Roger Kynaston Silver badge
    Joke

    There should be two other bidders

    Tencent and Alibaba!

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