Amazon.com, on Thursday, said it’s contesting the Pentagon’s award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, expressing concern that politics got in the way of an excellent contracting process.
The organization filed notice last Friday that it’ll formally protest the decision on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, often called JEDI. In a company-wide meeting Thursday, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) chief executive Andy stated it would be challenging for a U.S. agency to award a contract accurately when the president is discrediting one of the contestants, according to an Amazon spokesperson.
President Donald Trump has long criticized Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos.
A challenge to the Defense Division’s award declared in October was widely anticipated by legal experts, analysts, and consultants, especially after Trump publicly mocked Amazon’s bid for the high-stakes agreement.
Trump had said in August that Amazon’s bid for the JEDI contract was under evaluation by his management after complaints from other firms.
The corporate confirmed Jassy’s comments. It stated, “Quite a few aspects of the JEDI evaluation course contained clear insufficiencies, errors, and unmistakable prejudice- and it’s essential that these matters be considered and rectified.”
Amazon was considered a leading contestant for the deal, a part of a broader digital modernization process of the Pentagon before Microsoft appeared as the surprise winner.