$10bn JEDI Contract: Amazon faults President Trump over loss

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A senior Pentagon official on Tuesday said the lawsuit filed by Amazon challenging a $10 billion US military cloud computing contract awarded to Microsoft will not delay implementation of the project.

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump about the $10 billion US military cloud computing contract awarded to Microsoft.

The company accused Trump of abusing the power of his office when he denied the company a massive contract back in October.

Amazon in a censored court filing gave detailed alleged errors that ended with Microsoft being chosen over its Amazon Web Services cloud computing division.

Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment said in a statement regarding the accusation “We will deal with Amazon’s legal actions. I cannot comment on those right now,”

“But I will tell you we are moving right now forward with the JEDI contract,” Lord added.

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program (JEDI) ten-year contract will primarily see all military branches sharing information in a system boosted by artificial intelligence.

Amazon was considered the lead contender to provide technology for JEDI, with AWS dominating the cloud computing arena and the company already providing classified servers for other government outfits including the CIA.

According to Amazon chief, Jeff Bezos, Amazon accused the president of “improper pressure from President Donald J. Trump, who launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer the JEDI contract away from AWS to harm his perceived political enemy.”

 




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