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Google drops out of Pentagon's $10 billion cloud competition

Google drops out of Pentagon's $10 billion cloud competition”

Google has dropped out of the running for the Pentagon's $10B cloud-computing contract, echoing what its employees have been saying since the jump: that the project doesn't jibe with its "corporate values".

The contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI for short, calls for a massive cloud-computing system that can handle classified USA military data and enable new defense capabilities.

The contract, known as Project Maven, is created to automate the analysis of surveillance footage collected by USA military drones, a task that has for years been handled directly by US airmen.

Earlier this year, Google decided not to renew another defense contract called Project Maven, which provided artificial intelligence for the assesement of drone imagery.

Google opted out of the JEDI bidding on October 8, claiming the contract might fail to align with its AI principles - and (more importantly) because it didn't have some of the required government certifications.

"We will continue to pursue strategic work to help state, local and federal customers modernize their infrastructure and meet their mission critical requirements", a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

In June, Sundar Pichai wrote a blog describing Google's AI principles and specified that "we are not developing AI for use in weapons".

The government has yet to make a decision about the complaint, but Google said that if the contract had been open to multiple vendors, it would have "submitted a compelling solution for portions of it".

For its part, Google told Bloomberg that it also supports the idea of splitting the JEDI contract between multiple providers, and that it would have submitted a bid on those terms. Oracle filed a complaint a few months ago to challenge that, telling the government that dividing a massive contract between several companies "promotes constant competition, fosters innovation and lowers prices".

This follows Google's cessation of its role within the Pentagon's "Project Maven" AI drone system, which can identify people and areas of interest using drone footage, with Google's involvement triggering a backlash from the public as well as its own workers.

Still, Google's decision to pull out was probably a smart one given that its chances of landing the contract were pretty slim, a second analyst said. Amazon has said it favors the single-cloud approach for the JEDI contract.

Google had been angling for the deal, hoping that the $10 billion annual contract could provide a giant boost to its nascent cloud business and catch up with Amazon and fellow JEDI competitor Microsoft.



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