Ama­zon says Trump’s ‘im­proper pres­sure’ doomed Pen­tagon bid

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - NEWS - By Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani

Ama­zon says Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “im­proper pres­sure” and be­hind-thescenes at­tacks harmed its chances of win­ning a $10 bil­lion Pen­tagon con­tract.

The Pen­tagon awarded the cloud com­put­ing con­tract to Mi­crosoft in Oc­to­ber. Ama­zon ar­gues in a law­suit un­sealed Mon­day in the U.S. Court of Fed­eral Claims that the de­ci­sion should be re­vis­ited be­cause of “sub­stan­tial and per­va­sive er­rors” and Trump’s in­ter­fer­ence.

Ama­zon and its founder

Jeff Be­zos are a fre­quent tar­get of Trump. Be­zos per­son­ally owns The Washington Post, which Trump has re­ferred to as “fake news” when­ever un­fa­vor­able sto­ries are pub­lished about him.

Ama­zon said it lost the deal due to Trump’s “per­sonal vendetta against Mr. Be­zos, Ama­zon, and the Washington Post.”

Pen­tagon spokes­woman Elissa Smith said in a state­ment Mon­day the de­ci­sion to se­lect Mi­crosoft “was made by an ex­pert team of ca­reer pub­lic ser­vants and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers” and with­out ex­ter­nal in­flu­ence.

For­mally called the

Joint En­ter­prise De­fense In­fra­struc­ture plan, or JEDI, the mil­i­tary’s com­put­ing pro­ject would store and process vast amounts of clas­si­fied data.

The De­fense Depart­ment has said it will help speed up its war plan­ning and fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­able the mil­i­tary to ad­vance its use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Ama­zon and Mi­crosoft be­came the fi­nal­ists af­ter Or­a­cle and IBM were elim­i­nated in an ear­lier round of the con­tract com­pe­ti­tion. Or­a­cle had also sued, ar­gu­ing the bid­ding was rigged in Ama­zon’s fa­vor.

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