微软的v亚马逊提出正式抗议ictory in a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract, citing video evidence that the bidding process was improperly influenced by political pressure from the White House.
JEDI, as it’s called, is a 10-year contract to build cloud infrastructure for the military. Amazon was long seen as the front-runner for the deal until Microsoftemerged as the surprise winnerin October.
In one clip cited by Amazon in court documents, Trump told reporters he was hearing criticism of the procurement process for JEDI. Trump said he was “getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon … they’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid.”
亚马逊and Microsoft, two Seattle-area companies with robust cloud businesses, were the two finalists for JEDI. Amazon Web Services was long seen as the frontrunner but last monthDoD selected Microsoft’s Azurefor the project in what many viewed as an upset. Microsoft sought to intervene in the case in documents filed Friday, given its role in the bid.
Update, Nov. 23, 10:40 a.m. PT:A Microsoft spokesperson sent this statement to GeekWire:
“We’re ready to get to work so the men and women in uniform who serve our country can access the critical new technology they urgently require. We have confidence in the qualified staff at the Department of Defense, and we believe the facts will show they ran a detailed, thorough and fair process in determining the needs of the warfighter were best met by Microsoft.”
The president is a frequent critic of Amazon on a range of issues. Trump has taken aim at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos because he owns The Washington Post and pushed the U.S. Postal Service to get a better deal from the company.
亚马逊pointed to Trump’s past criticisms in another of the video clips submitted to the court record.
“他们会有这样的问题，”他说。“One of the things I’m going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m going to do if I win … is I’m going to open up our libel laws. So when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money.”
An Amazon Web Services spokesperson explained the company’s position in a statement to GeekWire:
“AWS是独特的经验丰富，有资格提供美国军事需求的关键技术，并致力于支持国防部的现代化努力。我们相信这是对我们国家至关重要的是，政府和民选领导人管理采购和客观的方式，是不受政治影响。JEDI评估过程的许多方面含有明确的缺陷，错误和明白偏差 - 这重要的是审查和纠正这些事项。“
亚马逊also included video of Defense Chief Dana Deasy’s Oct. 29 confirmation testimony and a clip from Fox News’ “Swamp Watch” that focuses on Amazon’s dealings with the government. During Deasy’s testimony, senators asked whether the White House had interfered with the JEDI procurement process.
In the “Swamp Watch” segment, on July 21, host Steve Hilton laid out a timeline of connections between Amazon and the Department of Defense and other federal agencies — including extensive lobbying efforts, the company’s funding of a think tank that published op-eds on the JEDI contract, and a long list of former government officials who have gone to work for the tech giant. Hilton implored the president, a frequent Fox News viewer, to intervene in the procurement process:
“Now, some are trying to position this as political interference. The New York Times dredged up a former federal procurement official who said it would be improper for any president to influence the contracting process. Yeah, right, we should leave it to the bureaucrats who are constantly corrupted by lucrative job offers and other bribes from big businesses. It’s not just appropriate but vital that the president kills this contract.”
Hilton went on to say that “giant monopolized contracts like this are bad policy.” He added, “Putting all of our defense’s cloud computing in one basket allows for far more corruption and security risks than dividing it up into multiple, smaller contracts.”