Amazon Blames Trump for Losing $10B Contract

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos threw his weight behind the US Department of Defense on Friday, saying that unless big tech companies collaborated with the US military, "this country is in trouble".

The Pentagon's chief information officer Dana Deasy in August said the DoD would not rush to a decision regarding the JEDI contract, which was only between Microsoft and Amazon.

Trump had suggested in July that he could intervene in the decision-making process for the contract, saying from the Oval Office, "I'm getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon" and "Great companies that are complaining about it, so we're going to take a look at it".

The company also said that the Ministry of Defense had asked Amazon to build new classified data centers to manage its hardware, rather than allowing the company to use its existing data centers that have been approved for classified use.

Given Google's decision not to renew its contract with the US, Bezos may have issued a warning that the Department of Defense's drone project with Google sparked criticism from its employees.

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Bezos said it's the responsibility of management to push back against employee outrage toward military contracts.

Bezos' tone of voice is not so far off from Microsoft, which has defended its military contracts against workers who protested the use of their jobs for combat-related purposes. These managers have strong goals and, irrespective of ethical concerns, expect their employees to follow through. Hanging in the balance is a Pentagon procurement effort for cloud computing valued at $10 billion over 10 years.

A speechwriter for Mattis, the former secretary of defense, said in a book published several weeks ago that Trump had wanted to give the contract to a company other than Amazon.

Amazon has been considered the favorite for the Defense Joint Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, part of a modernization project digital wider at the Pentagon, before the software developer comes as a surprise winner.Amazon Microsoft has previously said that politics got in the way of a fair bidding process. However, the opinion from netizens is nearly the same as the sentiment of Amazon. Amazon alleges that several aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained "clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias".

The company is calling for a court order directing the Defense Department to either re-consider the proposal or re-open discussion and make a new determination, the choose stated.

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