Let’s talk about JEDI. Not the lightsaber wielding kind, it’s US Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) kind. JEDI is a $10 billion, single-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the largest Department in the US government’s cloud business. The competition had been whittled down to AWS and Azure but, Oracle has been pitching a Larry Ellison sized fit over it. Actually, Oracle has protested JEDI’s selection process almost since its inception. The process started in late 2017 and has been filled with all sorts of twists and turns.
Last week, I shared a story with part of the headline stating, “Judge shoots down Oracle protest.” Like any good government procurement process though, this is where the lawyers stepped back and the lobbyist stepped forward. I also linked to a story last week discussing the US President’s concern over JEDI. The sitting US President hates Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post and CEO of Amazon. AWS is the clear front runner as the #1 cloud provider in the world. The most popular cloud provider in the US by a long shot, AWS GovCloud has been up and running since 2011. The US Intelligence Community uses AWS Secret Region extensively.
If you thought last week’s warning shot was the end, you’d be wrong. Senator Marco Rubio has sent letters to the President urging further scrutinization of JEDI. What’s interesting is that during his failed presidential run in 2016, Senator Rubio took $4 million from Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. It’s also worth noting that Oracle’s CEO was on Trump’s Transition Team. Make no mistake, Oracle is playing really petty politics here. I get it, Oracle’s future depends a lot on this. If the US government continues its move to AWS, there’s little hope Oracle’s fledgling cloud business will gain much traction. Oracle seemingly can’t compete on features and has decided to compete in other ways. Amazon is rightfully getting their own lobbyists with Trump ties on board. But, I fear it might be too little, too late. President Trump strikes me as someone who values personal connections far more than logic and reason.
The Joint Staff has already said, “Our warfighters need this capability now.” I agree with the Joint Staff here. Do you think China, Russia, or any US adversary for that matter, has this problem? Probably not. China is technologically and politically adept enough to have all this sorted out. Russia plays in a very different theater of operations than the US has traditionally. The elasticity and security capabilities of a fully integrated cloud might pay huge dividends against Russian tactics. But, delaying this acquisition from going forward has compounding negative effects as aging systems are yet again expected to survive somehow while the dithering in Washington drags on.
If you are in the US (most of you are), do me a favor this week, please. Reach out to your Representatives and Senators. Tell them the politics over JEDI needs to stop and we need to give our service members the tools they need to do their job right. Demand that the JEDI selection moves forward with AWS and Azure as the final two bidders. Don’t force the Department of Defense to use potentially inferior tooling. Who wants Oracle getting $10 billion more in US taxpayer money anyway?
A deeper dive on JEDI and how Oracle’s objections to it harm US national sercurity interests is available: Use The Force, Larry: Oracle Playing Politics with Nation’s Defense
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