$10 bln JEDI contract on hold after Trump suggests it favored Amazon

$10 bln JEDI contract on hold after Trump suggests it favored Amazon

The Pentagon reportedly announced that it was hitting a pause on the award of a recently contested Dollars 10 million contract for next-Gen cloud computing services involving the military until the defense administration could review the entire matter put forth by the other participating companies.

Amazon's founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post.

Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith stated Protection Secretary Mark Esper, who assumed his position on July 23, was reviewing accusations of unfairness.

Four large cloud providers supplied their bids for the contract: IBM, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon, with the first two dropping out relatively early in the process. "Keeping his promise to members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program".

He vowed to "take a very long look" at the contract and has some Congressional backup. Bezos added that many in the tech industry feel "conflicted" by the current state of politics, but maintained that the United States "is still the best place in the world" where, he said, "everybody is trying to come".

Amazon Net Companies and Oracle didn't instantly reply to requests for remark.

Final month, 4 Republican lawmakers, together with Mac Thornberry, his social gathering's senior member on the Home of Representatives Armed Companies Committee, despatched a letter to Trump urging him to maneuver ahead with the contract.

Oracle had previously launched a legal challenge alleging the process was rigged in Amazon's favor, but a federal judge dismissed it, according to The Associated Press.

The decision delays the award of the contract, which the Pentagon had hoped would occur in August.



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