- Amazon says the Pentagon is not serious about reevaluating the process for the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract.
- Amazon had initially cheered the Defense Department’s request to remand the case in order for the Pentagon to reconsider its decision.
- But in a Tuesday court filing, the tech giant said it believed the DOD just wanted to give Microsoft a chance to fix its proposal.
- Microsoft has said it supports the Pentagon’s request to remand the case.
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The battle for the JEDI project took another unexpected turn when Amazon blasted the Pentagon’s bid to reconsider its awarding of the $10 billion contract to Microsoft — a move that Amazon had initially publicly cheered.
In a Tuesday court filing, Amazon said the Defense Department wasn’t serious about fixing the JEDI contract and that it simply wanted to give Microsoft a chance to fix what it called a “fatally flawed bid.”
The JEDI, or Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, project will create a major cloud platform to store sensitive military and defense data. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in a surprising defeat for Amazon, the biggest cloud provider.
Amazon has protested the decision, alleging that President Donald Trump improperly interfered in the process because of his personal feud with CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. The Pentagon and Microsoft have denied the claims.
But two weeks ago, the Pentagon told the court that it wanted to reconsider the decision after Amazon pointed to errors in the evaluation process. The judge in the case indicated Amazon could prove flaws in the procedure affected the outcome.
Amazon initially appeared to support the request, saying it was “pleased that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary.”
But Tuesday’s court filing showed Amazon’s belief that the move is a ploy to allow Microsoft to fix its JEDI proposal. The Pentagon is simply looking to “reaffirm its prior award to Microsoft despite the material defects the Court identified and DoD has now acknowledged,” Amazon said in the filing.
An Amazon spokesperson said the Pentagon “focuses only on providing Microsoft a ‘do-over’ on its fatally flawed bid.”
“This attempt to gerrymander the corrective action without fixing all of the serious flaws pointed out in our complaint raises significant questions,” the spokesperson said in an email.
Microsoft declined to comment on the latest filing but referred to its previous statement about the Pentagon’s request to reconsider the contract.
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“We believe the Department of Defense made the correct decision when they awarded the contract,” Frank Shaw, a Microsoft spokesman, said at the time. “However, we support their decision to reconsider a small number of factors as it is likely the fastest way to resolve all issues and quickly provide the needed modern technology to people across our armed forces.”
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