Microsoft now offers 50 services across its USA regions that are authorized at the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program's Moderate level, meaning that a loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability on those systems would result in "serious adverse effects on an agency's operations, assets or individuals". After working with the US Airforce on its Project Maven drone AI initiative, an uprising of protest from Google employees led to the firm declining to proceed to a second contract. A dozen people resigned before Google pledged to ditch Project Maven but "continue our work with governments and the military".
Gordy went beyond the debate over a single-source contract, arguing that the requirements the Pentagon outlined either mirror a certain vendor's internal processes - he didn't mention Amazon by name - or unnecessarily mandate that certain capabilities be in place by the bid submission date instead of when the work would begin.
"We couldn't be assured that it would be aligned with our artificial intelligence (AI) principles", Aileen Black, an executive director at Google, said of the JEDI contract. According to the Pentagon, the contract will only choose one provider to work with, as it believes that a multiple-award contract "could prevent DOD from rapidly delivering new capabilities and improved effectiveness to the warfighter that enterprise-level cloud computing can enable".
In its statement, Google said it would have been able to support "portions" of the JEDI deal had joint bids been allowed. More than 4,000 employees signeda petition demanding "a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology". Recently, the Office of Management and Budget issued a new government-wide cloud strategy, "cloud smart", that specifically emphasizes the need for multi-cloud and hybrid solutions and calls for a "technology neutral" approach. The move increases pressure on the Defense Department to defend its requirements for the contract.
Bids were due to be submitted on Friday with Amazon Web Services now the clear favourite to win.
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"This approach is what makes Google's hardware experience so unique and it unlocks all kinds of helpful benefits", Osterloh said. The first Pixel phones were well received at launch , with praise directed at their attractive design and innovative features.