DOD plans JEDI industry day
- By Nick Wakeman
The Defense Department plans to outline its effort to field the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract at an industry day event next month.
DOD's Cloud Executive Steering Group will host the March 7 event at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., where it will also release a draft solicitation package. The package will include instructions how to submit questions because they will not be taken during the event.
Presenters will include representatives from many of the organizations on the Cloud Executive Steering Group as well as other DOD entities:
- Office of the Chief Management Officer
- Joint Staff
- DOD CIO’s office
- U.S. Cyber Command
- Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
- Defense Digital Service
- Strategic Capabilities Office
- Program Manager and Contracting Officer for JEDI Cloud
JEDI has been somewhat controversial because in its early days, DOD officials were pushing for a single-award contract that could be worth more $2 billion. Many in industry felt that a single award was in the wrong direction and they pushed back hard, complaining to DOD and on Capitol Hill.
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan seems to have backed away from the plan, with spokesmen saying that no final plan has been determined.
Registration is required and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put JEDI Cloud Industry Day in the subject line. Organizers want you to include your name, your company name and email address.
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.