The Pentagon has announced it will terminate a cloud computing deal with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $ 10 billion (£ 7 billion) and will instead pursue a deal with Microsoft and Amazon.
“As the technology environment changes, it has become clear that the long-delayed Jedi Cloud contract no longer meets the requirements to … fill capacity gaps,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The statement did not directly mention that Amazon’s Pentagon faced expanded legal challenges against the original contract with Microsoft.
Amazon Web Services, a leader in cloud computing, has long been considered a leading candidate for the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project known as Jedi.
The project was supposed to store and process huge amounts of classified data to enable the US military to improve communication with soldiers on the battlefield and to use artificial intelligence to accelerate their war …