Google has dropped out of a bidding war with Amazon and other cloud computing companies for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a $10 billion contract from the Pentagon.
Google chose to withdraw because the contract may conflict with its corporate values, and its principles over the ethical use of AI.
This decision comes just months after several employees signed a petition, and even resigned, over Google’s involvement with military projects.
The contract is winner-take-all, with Amazon seen as the frontrunner.
Google dropped out of the competition for a crucial Pentagon cloud computing contract valued at over $10 billion, the company confirms with Business Insider.
The news, which was originally reported by Bloomberg, comes on the same day that the search giant announced the shutdown of the Google+ social network, in the wake of reports of a major security lapse. It also comes just months after Google employees protested en masse over the company’s work with the United States military.
This $10 billion cloud contract, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), will be awarded to build cloud services for the Department of Defense. Google says it chose not to compete for the contract because it believes this work would conflict with its corporate principles, and because it believes it may not hold all of the necessary certifications.
“While we are working to support the US government with our cloud in many areas, 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 scope with our current government certifications,” a Google spokesperson said.
Companies competing for the contract must submit their bids by October 12. As only one company will be awarded the contract, Amazon …read more
Source:: Business Insider