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Google bows out of Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud-computing race

October 09, 2018 / Aaron Gregg

Google will not compete for a $10 billion opportunity to build the Defense Department’s cloud-computing infrastructure, the company said Tuesday, saying the project could conflict with its corporate values regarding the use of artificial intelligence. The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI for short, calls for a massive cloud-computing system that can handle classified U.S. military data and enable new defense capabilities. The competition has drawn interest from other major tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft. Bids are due Oct. 12.In a statement to The Washington Post, Google said it is dropping its bid for ethical reasons and because it lacked certain government certifications. The move was first reported by Bloomberg News. We are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI principles and second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of...