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Pentagon hands Microsoft $10-B ‘war cloud’ deal, snubs Amazon

/ 08:02 AM October 26, 2019
Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B 'war cloud' deal, snubs Amazon

This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract called JEDI, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The contentious bidding process for the contract pitted Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle, among others, against one another. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10-billion cloud computing contract called JEDI.

The contentious bidding process for the contract pitted Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle, among others, against one another.

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Bidding for the huge government contract has attracted more attention than usual, sparked by speculation early in the process that Amazon would be awarded the deal. 

Tech giants Oracle and IBM pushed back with their own bids. Oracle also challenged the bid process in federal court, but lost.

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The resulting system will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the U.S. military to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.

The Department of Defense emphasized in an announcement that the process was fair and followed procurement guidelines.

Over the last year, Microsoft has positioned itself as a friend to the U.S. military. President Brad Smith wrote last fall that Microsoft has long supplied technology to the military and would continue to do so, despite pushback from employees.

Microsoft, Amazon, Google and other tech giants have faced criticism from their own employees about doing business with the government, especially on military and immigration related projects.

Microsoft and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. /jpv

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TOPICS: Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, International news, Microsoft, Oracle, Pentagon, technology, World News
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