Posted on December 12, 2018
A technology company bidding for a Pentagon contract to store sensitive data has close partnerships with a firm linked to a sanctioned Russian oligarch, the BBC has learned. The Jedi project, a huge cyber-cloud which could ultimately store nuclear codes, has already sparked security fears. Viktor Vekselberg, who is close to the Kremlin, has links to the C5 Group, a cyber-investment firm which has worked closely with the leading bidder, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Both C5 and AWS say C5 is not involved in the Jedi bid in any way. All bids for the cloud are sealed. The Pentagon refused to comment, stating that information about companies involved could not be disclosed. In a bid to compete with Russia and China, the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (Jedi) is one of the most ambitious ventures the Pentagon has launched. Instead of military data being stored on smaller servers across different departments within the Pentagon, the information will be held in a cloud. The cloud is a term used to describe a number of remote servers, connected to the internet, which can store vast arrays of information and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Top military secrets will be transferred to the Jedi cloud, including classified details about weapons systems, military personnel, intelligence and operations. It will provide soldiers on the front line with instant access to all of the latest intelligence, making them more effective on the battlefield.