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(CNBC)   JEDI wars progress to uninspiring sequel   ( divider line
    More: Followup, United States Department of Defense,, Amazon Web Services, Cloud computing, Pentagon's multibillion-dollar JEDI cloud, Washington, D.C., President of the United States, Virginia  
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531 clicks; posted to Business » on 11 May 2020 at 4:28 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2020-05-11 2:58:27 PM  
Stop using sci-fi analogies with your bullshiat. Reagan started that shiat with Star Wars. Now it's War Speed to the virus cure and now whatever the fark this is. Go poach those intellectual neckerchief wearing farks at Doctor Who fandom.
2020-05-11 7:49:21 PM  
<Emperor Bezos>:  Execute order 66
2020-05-12 3:57:38 PM  
What so many people miss is that protests aren't just common in large DoD contract bids, they're expected.  They're part of the process.  Amazon and Microsoft haven't figured that out yet, and so they're getting all shiatty with each other in the media and trading insults.  For most defense companies, it's just another day at the office.

An RFP goes out, the bids are turned in, there's a series of presentations and gate reviews.  For larger programs, this can take years.  Someone is selected (often it's broken up so one company gets part A and another gets part B, depending on who is better at what).  And inevitably, someone goes "wait a minute, our solution was way better than theirs on every point of your RFP.  Please explain why you choose them". And then the government is accountable for being transparent and showing their math.  You know, like they should be.

In most cases, little changes.  But sometimes it shows that they missed something, and the award gets amended.  And even if nothing changes, it's helpful for the next bid/system/contract that comes up with the same military branch or 3-letter agency. The contractors can adjust their proposal to fit the need better.  Amazon and Microsoft are just using it as a pissing war.
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