据spacedaily网2020年2月13日报道，亚马逊诉美军方授予微软公司数十亿美元 JEDI云计算合同涉嫌官商丑闻后，美联邦法官于2月13日宣布终止该合同。亚马逊称，由于特朗普总统的家族世仇，亚马逊公司被排除在交易之外，要求总统和其他军方高官就100亿美元云计算合同授予微软的理由予以说明。为期10年的“联合企业国防基础设施” (JEDI)合同旨在通过人工智能技术实现所有军队部门云系统的信息共享。
Amazon wins suspension of $10 bn ‘JEDI’ contract to Microsoft
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 13, 2020
A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the US military from awarding a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract to Microsoft, after Amazon claimed the process was tainted by politics.
A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon was issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the contract known as JEDI, according to a summary of the ruling available online.
Details of the ruling were sealed for unspecified reasons.
Amazon has alleged it was shut out of the deal because of President Donald Trump’s vendetta against the company and is seeking testimony from the president and other top officials on the reasons for awarding the $10 billion US military cloud computing contract.
The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program will ultimately see all military branches sharing information in a cloud-based system boosted by artificial intelligence.
An earlier court filing by Amazon detailed alleged errors that ended with Microsoft being chosen 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 confident –
Microsoft said it hoped to prevail after the merits of the case are heard in court.
“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,” Microsoft vice president of communications Frank Shaw said.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amazon was considered the lead contender to provide technology for JEDI, with AWS dominating the cloud computing arena and the company already providing classified servers for other government agencies including the CIA.
The Pentagon’s mistakes in the contract were “hard to understand and impossible to assess” when separated from Trump’s “repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the president himself, ‘screw Amazon,'” court documents filed by Amazon argued.
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, is a frequent target of the US president, who claims the newspaper is biased against him.
The bid protest filed in US Court of Federal Claims urges that the rival JEDI bids be re-evaluated and a new decision reached.
As a condition of the injunction, Amazon was directed to provide $42 million that would be used to cover any costs or damages incurred if it is determined that the injunction was issued wrongly.