Amazon challenges Pentagon’s $10-billion cloud award to Microsoft

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FILE PHOTO: The brand of Amazon is seen on the firm logistics centre in Boves, France, November 5, 2019. Information/Pascal Rossignol/File Photograph

WASHINGTON (Information) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Thursday stated it’s contesting the Pentagon’s award of an as much as $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), expressing concern that politics obtained in the way in which of a good contracting course of.

The corporate filed discover final Friday that it’s going to formally protest the choice on the Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure Cloud, generally known as JEDI. In a company-wide assembly on Thursday, Amazon Net Companies’ CEO Andy Jassy stated it could be difficult for a U.S. company to award a contract objectively when the president is disparaging one of many contestants, in keeping with an Amazon spokesman.

President Donald Trump has lengthy criticized Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos.

The corporate confirmed Jassy’s feedback and stated, “Quite a few facets of the JEDI analysis course of contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias- and it’s necessary that these issues be examined and rectified.”

The Federal Occasions earlier reported the information.

A problem to the Protection Division’s award introduced final month was extensively anticipated by authorized specialists, analysts and consultants, particularly after Trump publicly derided Amazon’s bid for the high-stakes contract.

Trump had stated in August that Amazon’s bid for the JEDI contract was below evaluate by his administration after complaints from different firms.

Amazon was thought of a favourite for the contract, a part of a broader digital modernization strategy of the Pentagon, earlier than Microsoft emerged because the shock winner.

Reporting by Shariq Khan in Bengaluru, Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco and David Shepardson and Nandita Bose in Washington; Modifying by Shounak Dasgupta, Arun Koyyur and Cynthia Osterman