Groups Similar Look up By Text Browse About

Similar articles
Article Id Title Prob Score Similar Compare
162793 ARSTECHNICA 2019-12-9:
Amazon: Trump used “improper pressure” to block AWS from DOD cloud contract
1.000 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163030 ENGADGET 2019-12-9:
Amazon claims Trump's 'personal vendetta' cost it $10 billion Pentagon contract
0.920 0.742 Find similar Compare side-by-side
170603 VENTUREBEAT 2019-12-9:
Amazon lawsuit accuses Donald Trump of bias over loss of Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract
0.966 0.695 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162827 THEVERGE 2019-12-9:
Amazon says Donald Trump sidestepped contract rules to block $10 billion Pentagon bid
0.908 0.686 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162877 ENGADGET 2019-12-8:
Jeff Bezos: US is in 'big trouble' if Big Tech rejects military contracts
0.087 0.449 Find similar Compare side-by-side
170570 VENTUREBEAT 2019-12-6:
AI Weekly: Amazon plays the long game in health care AI
0.332 Find similar Compare side-by-side
170639 VENTUREBEAT 2019-12-11:
U.K. regulator: Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo raises ‘serious competition concerns’
0.325 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162774 TECHCRUNCH 2019-12-9:
AWS is sick of waiting for your company to move to the cloud
0.324 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162737 ENGADGET 2019-12-6:
Despite the HQ2 debacle, Amazon will add office space in Manhattan
0.316 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162577 TECHREPUBLIC 2019-12-6:
AWS re:Invent 2019 with Corey Quinn: The biggest announcements from the conference
0.287 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163457 ENGADGET 2019-12-12:
Amazon's supernatural colonialism MMO 'New World' lands in May 2020
0.276 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162625 TECHREPUBLIC 2019-12-6:
NFL turns to Amazon for help addressing player injuries
0.273 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162908 THEVERGE 2019-12-10:
The Away scandal is a moment of reckoning for Slack
0.270 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163035 ENGADGET 2019-12-9:
752,000 US birth certificate applications were exposed online
0.257 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162707 ARSTECHNICA 2019-12-7:
Bernie Sanders vows to break up huge ISPs and regulate broadband prices
0.248 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163098 TECHREPUBLIC 2019-12-11:
Significant advances in 5G, AI, and edge computing among the top tech predictions for 2020
0.247 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162868 TECHCRUNCH 2019-12-9:
Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online
0.244 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163005 ENGADGET 2019-12-9:
The Morning After: Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to do more business with the Pentagon
0.244 Find similar Compare side-by-side
170534 VENTUREBEAT 2019-12-8:
AWS SageMaker’s new machine learning IDE isn’t ready to win over data scientists
0.240 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162823 THENEXTWEB 2019-12-9:
Microsoft will shut down Wunderlist on May 6, 2020
0.234 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163318 ENGADGET 2019-12-11:
Amazon breaks down its Christmas delivery cut-offs for 2019
0.232 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163029 ENGADGET 2019-12-9:
Microsoft will shut down to-do app Wunderlist on May 6th
0.231 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163316 ENGADGET 2019-12-11:
Twitch spends big to keep top streamers DrLupo, TimTheTatman and LIRIK
0.228 Find similar Compare side-by-side
163033 ENGADGET 2019-12-9:
Amazon-owned Ring is preparing its first smart light bulb
0.224 Find similar Compare side-by-side
162848 THEVERGE 2019-12-9:
Amazon’s Ring is making its first smart light bulb, FCC documents reveal
0.221 Find similar Compare side-by-side


ID: 162793


Date: 2019-12-09

Amazon: Trump used “improper pressure” to block AWS from DOD cloud contract

Trump said "screw Amazon" and used contract as political weapon against Bezos, suit claims. In a redacted filing released today by the US Federal Court of Claims, attorneys for Amazon asserted that Amazon Web Service's loss of the Department of Defense Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract to Microsoft's Azure was the result of "improper pressure from President Donald J. Trump, who launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer the JEDI Contract away from AWS to harm his perceived political enemy—Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of AWS' parent company,, Inc. ("Amazon"), and owner of the Washington Post." The suit cites Trump's instructions to former Secretary of Defense James Mattis to "screw Amazon" out of the contract, as recounted by Mattis' former chief speechwriter, and numerous other incidents of direct interference by Trump in the contract competition, including ordering an "independent" review of the contract by Defense Secretary Mark Esper in August of 2019. JEDI was awarded to Microsoft in October. The $10 billion contract is for a DOD-wide enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS) program providing compute and storage services—including delivering them to the "tactical edge," giving troops in the field access to critical data. The initial expenditure, scheduled for the first year of the contract, would be just $1 million—but it would be followed by a base two-year ordering period and up to eight years of optional extensions out to 2029, with a capped value of $10 billion. Because of the scale of the contract, AWS was long assumed to be the front-runner —AWS already provides the DOD with cloud services and other government agencies that meet most of the security requirements set out by the JEDI contract. But Microsoft's Azure was also a strong contender, and the DOD's internal cloud capabilities (provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency) have relied heavily on Microsoft technology. And Amazon's attorneys claim that after Trump injected himself into the procurement discussion, the DOD "took numerous actions to systematically remove the advantages of AWS' technological and experiential superiority and artificially level the playing field between AWS and its competitors, including Microsoft." The filing cites as an example the DOD's decision in mid-2018 to not evaluate past performance as part of the competition in violation of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements —when "only AWS possessed [past performance] with regard to a contract remotely comparable to the size and complexity of JEDI." "These errors, however, were not merely the result of arbitrary and capricious decision making," the filing states. " DoD's substantial and pervasive errors are hard to understand and impossible to assess separate and apart from the President's repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the President himself, 'screw Amazon.' " As a result, Amazon's attorneys asserted, "Basic justice requires reevaluation of proposals and a new award decision," and the court should decide "whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends."