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IBM challenges Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing effort days before bids are due

October 10, 2018 / Aaron Gregg

IBM is challenging the Defense Department’s decision to turn to a single provider for its $10 billion departmentwide cloud computing infrastructure, a company executive said Wednesday. The latest legal issue to complicate the Pentagon’s plans has come days before bids are due.An executive familiar with the company’s strategy confirmed Wednesday that IBM has filed a pre-award bid protest with the Government Accountability Office, which rules on bid protests.The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), calls for the creation of a huge cloud-computing system that can enable new weapons capabilities and store classified data. The JEDI cloud is expected to absorb some of the Pentagon’s existing efforts and is considered a “pathfinder” that the Defense Department will build upon for decades. Whichever company is awarded the contract will not only receive billions of dollars in federal funding but also will have a strong footho...