US Military Sticks With Microsoft for $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Computing Contract Despite Amazon Claims
US Military Sticks With Microsoft for $10-Billion JEDI Cloud Computing Contract Despite Amazon Claims
Microsoft remains the preferred choice after Pentagon took a second look at proposals for the JEDI contract.
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 7 September 2020 16:50 IST
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"Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government," the department said
Amazon has alleged it was shut out of the deal because of Trump
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, is a frequent target of Trump
Amazon contended that the DoD's re-evaluation of bids was a "do-over"
The US Department of Defense said Friday it is sticking with its decision to award a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 73,480 crores) cloud computing contract to Microsoft, despite Amazon's claims that President Donald Trump improperly influenced the process.
"Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government," the department said in a statement, adding it is "eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform."
Amazon is seeking testimony from Trump and other top officials on the reasons for awarding the lucrative deal to Microsoft.
Amazon contended in a blog post that the DoD's re-evaluation of bids was a "do-over" to let Microsoft fix a flawed proposal so US officials could "validate a flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision."
"There is a recurring pattern to the way President Trump behaves when he's called out for doing something egregious: first he denies doing it, then he looks for ways to push it off to the side, to distract attention from it and delay efforts to investigate it," Amazon said in the post.
"And then he ends up doubling down on the egregious act anyway."
Amazon was considered the lead contender to provide technology for JEDI, with Amazon Web Services dominating the cloud computing arena and the company already providing classified servers for other government agencies including the CIA.
Amazon argued in court documents that the Pentagon's choice of Microsoft was mystifying if not for Trump's repeated "expressed determination to, in the words of the president himself, 'screw Amazon.'"
The protest filed in the US Court of Federal Claims urges that the rival JEDI bids be re-evaluated.