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Amazon seeking to block Microsoft from working on JEDI contract

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos (Image credit: Amazon)

What you need to know

  • Amazon plans to ask a judge for a temporary ban to stop Microsoft from working on a JEDI contract with the Department of Defense.
  • The contract is worth up to $10 billion.
  • Amazon claims that President Trump's bias against Jeff Bezos affected the decision for the Pentagon to go with Microsoft's cloud.
  • The U.S. government states the decision was made freely and without bias.

Amazon continues to battle the U.S. Government regarding a major cloud contract. Amazon plans to ask a judge to temporarily block Microsoft from working on the massive cloud contract that Microsoft was awarded last year. Reuters reports that a court filing from Monday outlines Amazon's plans to ask for a block.

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is worth up to $10 billion, and the Department of Defense (DoD) chose Microsoft's cloud over Amazon's last October. Amazon claimed President Trump's bias against Amazon's owner Jeff Bezos affected the government's decision last December. The Department of Defense claims the decision was made without bias. Reuters reports that Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper rejects the suggestion of bias and states the decision was made freely and fairly, without any outside influence.

Amazon plans to file a motion on January 24, 2020 for a temporary restraining order. A federal court will share its decision on the request on February 11, 2020, according to Monday's filing.

The JEDI contract provides cloud services, artificial intelligence processing, machine learning, and other technologies powered by the cloud.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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6 Comments
  • I get it.. 10 billion but let it go man. A possible bad grudge is no reason to blame MS for it.
  • You're right. The grudge is the scapegoat. A second shot at $10b and gained experience in the industry is the real reason.
  • Bezos can't have it both ways. He loves Trump's tax break as in having to pay Zero Taxes, but hates Trump!
  • To be fair, Amazon paid the same before the tax cuts.
  • still crying out loud
  • Hey, Jeff is a Jedi now