Q. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, project was associated with which of the following country?

[A] China

[B] France

[C] USA

[D] Britain

Answer: C
Notes:

In October 2019, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) awarded a controversial contract to Microsoft.  

  • As part of the deal, the Windows-maker would set up large cloud-computing systems for the Pentagon.  
  • The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, project was worth about $10 billion to Microsoft over a decade.  
  • The deal was a huge setback for another top bidder – – Amazon Inc – – which disputed the award saying that the Pentagon unfairly evaluated its cloud service and Microsoft’s proposals.  
  • It also noted that the former U.S. president Donald Trump’s criticism of Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos had influenced Pentagon’s decision.  
  • Trump had earlier criticised Bezos for coverage of his administration in the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos.   
  • The award was fraught with conflict-of-interest allegations and legal challenges for the Pentagon and Microsoft. 
  • Some Pentagon officials raised concerns over contracting with just one single-source vendor for a military unit.  
  • In January, the Pentagon said in a statement that “regardless of the JEDI Cloud litigation outcome, the Department [DoD] continues to have an urgent, unmet requirement for enterprise-wide, commercial cloud service.” 

Source: The Hindu 

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