House Republicans spurn Trump intervention, urge rapid closure of $10 billion JEDI deal


22, 2019

The struggle between Amazon and Microsoft for the JEDI contract is nearing its conclusion; after a judge dismissed claims of inappropriate behaviour on the part of Amazon.

After the White House received complaints that the contract’s terms froze companies, like Oracle and IBM, out of the competition; (possibly motivated by his love for Jeff Bezos), President Trump promised to “look very closely” at the $10 billion contract.

We’re getting tremendous complaints from other companies.

Some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it.

In the interest of U.S. national security, 4 members of the House Armed Service Committee, including ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry; urge Trump to make haste, in a letter sent on Thursday.

We believe it is essential for our national security to move forward as quickly as possible with the award and implementation of this contract.

It meets only a portion of the Department of Defense’s needs for the cloud, but it is an important first step.

Moving to the cloud will help DOD operate faster, more efficiently, and compete with adversaries, like China.

Thornberry and Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Michael Turner, R-Ohio and Robert Witmann, R-Va, stressed how refusal to be beaten shouldn’t elicit such a response.

As you know, the courts have upheld DOD’s handling of the competition.

While it is understandable that some of the companies competing for the contract are disappointed at not being selected as one of the finalists, further unnecessary delays will only damage our security and increase the costs of the contract.”

With the allocation of the contract being delayed since September last year, the Pentagon hopes that the contract will be awarded next month.  As usual, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the latest developments in this contract; as awarding the JEDI contract to Microsoft has the potential to bring balance to the Cloud computing market, and elevate Microsoft Azure to an equal force to Amazon’s dominant AWS.

Source: CNBC

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