Thursday, 28 May 2020

Amazon sues over $10b Pentagon contract with Microsoft

NEW YORK: Amazon Web Services has filed a lawsuit contesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft in late October. A spokesperson for the company told CBS News the evaluation process for awarding the $10 billion contract “contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias.”

“[Amazon Web Services] is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence. Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias – and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.”

The lawsuit’s complaint is under seal. In a separate filing, the company explained the request, writing that the documents contain sensitive and proprietary information, as well as trade secrets and confidential financial information, which “would cause severe competitive harm” if released.

The project, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, will store and process massive amounts of classified data, and is intended to facilitate the military’s use of artificial intelligence for planning and fighting.

JEDI drew bids from Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, and IBM. Oracle and IBM were eliminated early in the process, leaving Microsoft and Amazon to battle for the contract.

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