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Google drops out of $10bn Pentagon cloud project

October 09, 2018 / Bobby Hellard

Google has decided to drop out of the bidding for the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year cloud computing project because it may conflict with its "corporate values" .The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud involves the migration of defence department data to a commercially operated cloud system. Bids for the work are due on 12 October."We are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn't be assured that it would align with our AI Principles," a Google spokesman said in a statement. "And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications."The JEDI contract opportunity attracted interest from many of the big cloud firms. However, there was discontent that there could only be one contract winner, with industry players stating their preference would have been for multiple providers to bid for and win the work. It would seem that Google felt the sam...