SAN FRANCISCO: A federal judge temporarily blocked the US army on Thursday. UU. So that it does not grant a multi-million dollar cloud computing contract to Microsoft, after Amazon said the process was contaminated by the policy.
Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith issued a preliminary injunction requested by Amazon, which prohibits the Department of Defense from starting work on the contract known as JEDI, according to a summary of the ruling available online.
The details of the ruling were sealed for unspecified reasons.
Amazon has alleged that it was excluded from the agreement due to President Donald Trump’s revenge against the company and is seeking the testimony of the president and other senior officials on the reasons for granting the US $ 10 billion US military cloud computing contract.
The 10-year contract for the Joint Business Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program will see all military branches sharing information in a cloud-based system driven by artificial intelligence.
An earlier Amazon court presentation detailed alleged errors that ended Microsoft’s election over its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing division, part of the technology group led by Jeff Bezos, a frequent target of the president.
Microsoft said it expected to prevail after the merits of the case are heard in court.
“We have confidence in the Department of Defense, and we believe that the facts will show that they executed a detailed, thorough and fair process to determine the needs of the warrior that Microsoft met best,” said Microsoft Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amazon was considered the main contender to provide technology for JEDI, with AWS dominating the field of cloud computing and the company already provides classified servers for other government agencies, including the CIA.
The Pentagon’s mistakes in the contract were “difficult to understand and impossible to assess” when it separated from Trump’s “repeatedly expressed determination of, in the words of the president himself,” screwing Amazon “,” argued the court documents presented by Amazon .
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, is a frequent target of the president of the United States, who claims that the newspaper is predisposed against him.
The protest filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims urges that rival JEDI offers be reassessed and a new decision is made.
As a condition of the court order, Amazon was instructed to provide $ 42 million that would be used to cover costs or damages incurred if it is determined that the court order was issued incorrectly.