Google Withdraws Bid for $10B Pentagon Contract

"They've also been very specific as to how everyone should be securing their assets, including government entities", he said.

AirAsia will also work closely with Google Cloud to digitalise and transform its way of work and culture by deploying G Suite and Chrome Enterprise to create an agile digital experience that will provide access to data and analysis when and where they are needed for faster, more informed decision-making.

"Such rigid requirements serve only one objective: to arbitrarily narrow the field of bidders", said Gordy.

Oracle is protesting the JEDI solicitation in advance of the submission deadline. "At no point have steps been taken to alleviate those concerns", he added. "And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications", said a Google spokesperson.

With Google out of the running, Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle look like the front-runners for JEDI. The protest was filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) days before the bidding process closes.

The contract has been mired in controversy as a result of the Pentagon's decision to award the contract to a single contractor rather than breaking it up.

Google is taking a pass at a potential $10 billion contract.

"There are elements of the [JEDI request for proposals] that clearly indicate a certain vendor in mind", Gordy said Tuesday.

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But the Pentagon claims awarding it to multiple companies would be too complex and slow the migration of the data.

"We will enrol our technical teams in the same programme Google Cloud uses to train its engineers, allowing us to build internal machine learning expertise. Starting with a number of firms while at the same time trying to build out an enterprise capability just simply did not make sense", Deasy said.

Commenting in a tweet, it said: "Google had every intention of bidding for, and possibly winning, the JEDI contract".

Google controls less than 10 percent of the market share around cloud infrastructure services, and a Pentagon contract would've definitely boosted its profile.

Microsoft now joins Amazon Web Services as one of the few vendors capable of hosting the secret and top secret data required by the contract.

According to, Google chose not to bid on the contract because the project "may not align with the company's for how artificial intelligence should be used".

Some Google employees aren't that thrilled about contracts with the government to begin with.

In June 2018 Google published a set of principles for its artificial intelligence research, with the company stating that it will not use its AI technology to create "weapons or other technologies whose principal goal or implementation is to cause of directly facilitate injury to people".

  • Delia Davidson