Amazon to protest Microsoft $10 billion JEDI contract
Added 11-14-19 07:35:02pm EST - “Amazon Web Services will protest the Pentagon's award of a $10 billion war cloud contract to Microsoft, claiming that "political influence" may have led to the decision and possibly setting up an explosive legal battle with the Trump…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Amazon Web Services will protest the Pentagon’s award of a $10 billion war cloud contract to Microsoft, claiming that “political influence” may have led to the decision and possibly setting up an explosive legal battle with the Trump administration.
In a statement first reported by the Federal Times, Amazon Web Services (AWS) cited “unmistakable bias” in explaining why it will file a formal legal challenge to the Defense Department’s handling of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which was awarded to Microsoft last month. Microsoft’s victory came as a surprise to observers who believed Amazon was the clear frontrunner for the massive deal.
Microsoft’s win also fueled speculation that President Trump, who has publicly blasted Amazon on numerous occasions throughout his presidency, pushed the Pentagon to pick Microsoft. While the Pentagon has vehemently denied those claims, Amazon’s latest comments suggest that it believes Mr. Trump’s personal views played a role.
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“AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts,” an AWS spokesperson told the Federal Times. “We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence. Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.”
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