Microsoft made it to national news when Pentagon announced that the controversial JEDI contract was given to the tech company. Although Amazon was considered an equal contender until the last stage, it was placed out of the scene and Microsoft got the position. According to the latest news, however, Amazon is planning to challenge this particular decision from Pentagon and set up a kind of rematch with Microsoft. According to a report by Reuters, Amazon would be making the challenge next week and several issues will be brought to the forefront.
Most importantly, there have been claims that Donald Trump had affected this judgement, as the President has been against Jeff Bezos in many matters. Military issues website, Task & Purpose, had reported earlier that the decision to keep Amazon out of the game was intentional and that Defense Secretary was advised to “screw Amazon” in several instances. This has been published in a book that details the impact Trump did have with the Pentagon. This book and the alleged statements are not the only thing that make the grudge between Trump and Amazon clear. The President has thrown claims against Amazon in the past.
“File a complaint with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which hears monetary claims against the U.S. government including contract claims and bid protests according to the court’s web site” and “Seek an immediate stay for Government Accountability Office which audits government spending and operations and reports the results to Congress” are two of the major fronts that Amazon is planning to explore. In doing so, the company would be able to obtain a justification as to why Amazon was not given the contract.
As said earlier, the presence of AWS and the current deals with CIA had made Amazon a serious contender but Microsoft bagged the final prize.