San Francisco: The US Department of Defense said on Friday that despite Amazon’s claim that President Donald Trump improperly influenced this process, it still insisted on its decision to sign a $10 billion cloud computing contract with Microsoft.
After the Pentagon conducted a second review of the “JEDI” cloud computing contract proposal, it re-concluded that Microsoft is the first choice.
“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.”
However, the contract can’t move forward yet due to a federal court’s order putting it on hold while Amazon pursues a lawsuit over how the bidding was handled, the Pentagon noted.
“We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value,” Microsoft said.
“We’re ready to get to work and make sure that those who serve our country have access to this much needed technology.”
This 10-year Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program will eventually see all military departments share information in a cloud-based system powered by artificial intelligence.
Amazon claimed that because of Trump’s hatred of the company and its chief executive Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos), the company was excluded from the transaction.
The entrepreneur who also owns the Washington Post is a frequent visitor to the President of the United States, who claims that the newspaper is biased against him.
Amazon is seeking testimony from Trump and other senior officials to award a lucrative deal to Microsoft.
Amazon argued in a blog post that the Department of Defense’s re-evaluation of the bid was to allow Microsoft to resolve the flawed proposal so that US officials could “verify flawed, biased, and politically flawed decisions.” .
“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 is considered to be the main competitor to provide technology for JEDI, Amazon Web Services dominates the field of cloud computing, the company has provided confidential servers for other government agencies, including the CIA.
Amazon argued in court documents that the Pentagon’s choice of Microsoft was confusing, if it weren’t because Trump repeatedly “expressed the firm determination to’screw Amazon’ in the words of the president.”
The protest to the U.S. Federal Claims Court urged a reassessment of rival JEDI’s bid.