We recently reported that the competition between Amazon and Microsoft for the Department of Defense’s lucrative $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract was nearing its conclusion as a judge dismissed claims of inappropriate behaviour on the part of Amazon. That was until Donald Trump became involved.
Arch nemesis of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, Trump ordered the Pentagon to provide more information on the contract.
Now the Wall Street Journal reports that Defense Secretary Mark Esper has agreed to review the contract, putting its assignment on hold.
“Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program. No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination,” a Pentagon spokeswoman said Thursday.
Multiple stakeholders have expressed concern around conflicts of interest which favoured Amazon’s AWS to be the eventual winner, though I suspect this will now be increasingly in doubt.
Amazon was down 0.39% on the news, while Microsoft dipped 0.14%.