A month ago, Amazon said it would officially challenge the US Department of Defense’s choice to grant the $10 billion JEDI agreement to Microsoft, rather than Amazon Web Service (AWS). The claim, unlocked today, uncovers the subtleties behind Amazon’s contention. The organization guarantees that “AWS was the accord leader” and that not exclusively was the Pentagon’s choice dependent on “deplorable mistakes on almost every assessment factor,” it was “the aftereffect of ill-advised weight from President Donald J. Trump.”
According to Amazon, Trump “launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer the JEDI Contract away from AWS to harm his perceived political enemy-Jeffrey P. Bezos.”
“Throughout the final year of the multi-year award process, the President of the United States and Commander in Chief of our military used his power to “screw Amazon” out of the JEDI Contract as part of his highly public personal vendetta against Mr. Bezos, Amazon, and the Washington Post,” the lawsuit states.
Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith said the decision to select Microsoft “was made by an expert team of career public servants and military officers” without external influence.
Initially, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle were in the running for the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract. The project is intended to store and process vast amounts of classified data. Amazon and Microsoft advanced to the final round, but before a decision was made, the Pentagon temporarily halted the competition after Trump suggested that the bid might be rigged in favor of Amazon. Months later, the JEDI contract was awarded to Microsoft.