Google broke an agreement with the Pentagon

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That the company wasn't satisfied that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud project fell within these areas implies that the contract may see the victor carry out work that could be directly weaponised or "cause or directly facilitate injury to people".

Google was hoping that the $10 billion contract would boost its cloud business, which lags behind that of AWS and Microsoft. Bids for the work are due on 12 October. White also confirmed the company's intent "to deliver Azure Government services to meet the highest classification requirements, with capabilities for handling top secret USA classified data". Some employees even resigned during the protest.

Opal, of Microsoft partner SWC, said given a Bloomberg report last week that the Chinese government has compromised the servers of rival cloud providers with a supply chain hack, it is easy to understand why Microsoft would be increasing its reach into the federal market.

IBM will submit a bid for the JEDI contract, one that "provides our warfighters as much flexibility and innovation as possible within the scope of the JEDI solicitation", Gordy wrote. According to those principles, Google will not design or deploy AI that can cause harm or injury to people, that can gather information for surveillance that "violates internationally accepted norms", or that violates global law and human rights principles.

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

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Microsoft Azure is also previewing expanded services from its Data Box products line to help agencies manage their data migration, as well as building in more edge capabilities to manage a variety of operations, such as artificial intelligence. This means Azure public regions in the continental United States will support FedRAMP High applications for US Government agencies who are allowed by regulation to host their information in the public cloud this year.

Google in June announced it would not renew the contract once it expired.

Google said that it will continue pursuing strategic work to help the local, state, and federal customers modernize infrastructures they have and meet the critical requirements they have, which leaves plenty of room for additional projects involving contracts with the Pentagon.

The JEDI contract requires cloud companies to be authorized to host data of all classification levels, though it gives vendors some time to obtain the necessary certifications. Had the JEDI contract been open to multiple vendors, we would have submitted a compelling solution for portions of it.

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