Federal Judge Puts a Stop to the Pentagon’s JEDI Project over a Spat with Amazon
Amazon, who lost the $10 billion contract for cloud project, JEDI, to Microsoft, has gotten a federal claims court judge to halt all work on the project by Microsoft due to perceived bias against Amazon by the Pentagon. The claims court judge approved Amazon's motion to halt work on the DoD's JEDI or the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, a vast cloud system that will save and control classified military and defense data.
Rivals Microsoft and Amazon were aggressively battling each other for the large DoD contract which was eventually awarded by the Pentagon to Microsoft. However, an upset Amazon accused the Pentagon of "clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias" against them in the court filing.
Amazon was in court last week to petition the court to "stop further JEDI contract performance until the Court decides the protest." Thus, setting the stage for a possible drawn out ordeal in the courts.
"It's important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed," an Amazon spokesperson said. "AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD's modernization efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible."
Microsoft for its part of the decision was "disappointed with the additional delay we believe that we will ultimately be able to move forward with the work to make sure those who serve our country can access the new technology they urgently require," Frank Shaw, Microsoft's vice president for corporate communications said.
Shaw continued in the statement that "We have confidence in 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."