Amazon Seeks Order To Block Microsoft's $10 Billion Pentagon Project

Ruben Fields
January 15, 2020

AWS, Microsoft and the DoD have agreed to an expedited schedule for the decision that will see the court issues its decision on the injunction by that 11 February deadline.

According to Brad Smith, Microsoft's President and chief legal officer, "we have if anything been moving even faster since that contract was awarded".

Amazon has been sparring with the Trump administration over the contract, with the online retailer alleging that the White House exerted "improper pressure" and bias that led to the U.S. Department of Defense awarding the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. Both were finalists for the contract. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment and the DoD could not be immediately reached.

Previously Amazon had been tipped as the frontrunner to win the contract, and the company maintains that it lost out due to interference from President Trump, who has a longstanding animosity towards Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos whom he gleefully dubbed "Jeff Bozo" when news of Bezos' divorce broke past year.

"Throughout the JEDI procurement process, based on AWS' depth of experience, superior technology and proven record of success in handling the most sensitive government data, AWS was the consensus frontrunner to aid DoD in this important modernisation effort", AWS' complaint stated. "These fundamental errors alone require reversal".

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"Accordingly, DoD will strongly oppose any attempt to delay getting these urgently needed tools to our warfighters", said USAF Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a DoD spokesperson.

According to the proposed schedule, the requests for the dismissal and for the temporary restraining order, or a preliminary injunction, are to be filed by January 24. "The department remains confident in the JEDI award".

The judge has been asked by the companies to rule on Amazon's newest filing by February 11.

Microsoft will move to dismiss the case, according to Bloomberg.

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