Google drops bid for lucrative Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report

Google drops bid for lucrative Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report

Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -1.02% GOOG, -0.72% Google has withdrawn from consideration for a massive Pentagon cloud-computing contract, citing conflicts with the company’s principles, Bloomberg News reported Monday. Bids for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, or JEDI, are due Friday. The contract could last 10 years, and be worth up to $10 billion for the winning bid. “We are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles,” a Google spokesman told Bloomberg. “And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications.” Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -1.34% and Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -1.14% are still vying for the contract. Earlier this year, Google said it would not renew an artificial-intelligence contract with the Defense Department over fears that the technology could be used for warfare.

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