Amazon Appealed the Pentagon’s choice Of Microsoft For $ 10 billion Cloud contract
Amazon is taking the Pentagon to court. The company claims, “unmistakable bias” on the government in the award of a massive military-tech-contract to rival Microsoft.
here is a new Chapter in the long and contentious fight over the biggest cloud-computing begins contract in U.S. history — named JEDI knight, for Common Enterprise-Defense — infrastructure-worth up to $10 billion in 10 years.
The Pentagon declared Microsoft the winner of the JEDI on Oct. 25, after months of delays, investigations, and controversies — the first over allegations of a cosy relationship between Amazon and the Department of Defense, and later, on President Trump the public criticism of Amazon.
In a statement on Thursday, Amazon’s cloud unit argues that “many aspects of the JEDI-evaluation process, the clear defects, errors and unmistakable bias and it is important that these issues be investigated and resolved.” The company appealed the agreement to the U.S. Court of Federal claims.
Amazon Web Services spokesman said the company is “uniquely qualified” for the job, and added: “We also believe that it is important for our country that the government and its elected politicians, management, procurement, objectively and in a manner that is free from political interference.”
Amazon was paralyzed by her loss of the JEDI-the contract. Microsoft’s Azure cloud business has been a distant second in the size of the AWS, which also won previously in a cloud contract with the CIA. But a former Pentagon official familiar with the JEDI offer NPR said that Microsoft the award “the ball out of the park.”
A Microsoft representative did not immediately respond on Thursday. A defense Department representative said: “We will not speculate on a possible litigation.”
At stake is to move a high-profile project, the American military in the cloud. The winner of the JEDI, in the simplest of terms, dignity of the individual manager in the process. These companies, the Pentagon would combine a number of unrelated networks and U.S. war fighters will give access to cutting-edge computing technology such as artificial intelligence anywhere in the world.
When you make an offer on the JEDI opened in the year 2018, the Amazon was seen as the only company in the already-tuned skills. Rival Oracle led a bristly lobbying campaign, accused the Pentagon and Amazon a cosy relationship based on Defense Department employees who work for AWS had done.
The Ministry of defence, the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal claims reviewed the invitation to tender and allowed to continue. Microsoft and Amazon finalists were declared. (Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, and IBM are among the last financial supporter of NPR.)
Although not legally unsuccessful, rivals’ have objections, the attention grab of several legislators in Congress, and finally, the trump card. The President has criticized a well-known contempt against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, primarily on the entrepreneurs personal responsibility for the Washington Post, whose reporting Trump often.
In July, Trump told reporters that he was always “tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon; you don’t say it was competitive bid.” He said he would ask the Pentagon “to take a look it very carefully.”
Soon after the Ministry of defence has announced that the new Secretary Mark Esper hit pause on the JEDI in front of unexpectedly declare Microsoft the winner in a couple of weeks later.
“The acquisition was carried out in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations,” the Department of Defense, said in announcing the award ceremony in October. “All operators were fairly and rating of treated consistently with the prompt specified evaluation criteria.”
NPR’s Tom Bowman contributed to this report.
Released on Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:27:40 +0000