Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multibillion JEDI contract to Microsoft

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The Pentagon reaffirmed its decision earlier this year to award a $ 10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft on Amazon on Friday.The Department of Defense said in a statement that it has completed a review of the joint venture defense infrastructure competition and has determined Microsoft’s proposal to represent “the best value to the government.”

The statement added that the execution of the contract will not begin immediately due to a federal court injunction issued in February that is yet to be clarified, but that the Pentagon is “eager to begin offering this capability to our men and women. in uniform”.

In October 2019, the Defense Department awarded the lucrative military contract to Microsoft, although Amazon filed a lawsuit the following month to halt or revise the deal, saying the process was unduly influenced by an “unmistakable bias” of the Trump administration.

President Trump has indicated publicly and privately that he does not want the contract to go to Amazon, which is owned by Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosHillicon Valley: Pentagon Reaffirms Decision to Award JEDI Contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on electoral security threats Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multibillion JEDI contract to Microsoft Navarro pushes back on reported workplace behavior: “If people get in the way … it there will be a conflict ”READ MORE, a frequent target of criticism of the president.

Until Microsoft was declared the winner, Amazon had been seen as the deal’s favorite.

Amazon’s protest sparked a Pentagon surveillance investigation into the matter. The resulting report, released in April, said the Defense Department was unable to “definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the department’s decision to award the contract to Microsoft on Amazon.

However, the department’s inspector general said he was unable to comment on the matter because the Pentagon attorney general had ordered witnesses not to answer questions about conversations between the White House. and the Pentagon because of the ‘assertion of a’ presidential privilege of communication. ”

The Pentagon’s latest move comes after two other companies, IBM and Oracle, argued there was a conflict of interest because a former Amazon employee helped draft the requirements for the original appeal. contract proposals. The Court of Appeal rejected Oracle’s argument on Thursday.



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