Amazon challenges Pentagon's $10-billion cloud award to Microsoft

Amazon | November 15, 2019

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Thursday said it is contesting the Pentagon’s award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), expressing concern that politics got in the way of a fair contracting process. The company filed notice last Friday that it will formally protest the decision on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, known as JEDI. In a company-wide meeting on Thursday, Amazon Web Services’ CEO Andy Jassy said it would be challenging for a U.S. agency to award a contract objectively when the president is disparaging one of the contestants, according to an Amazon spokesman.

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Modern economic growth and development depends on high-quality infrastructure. There is no getting around it. However, what, exactly, does that involve? Infrastructure spans a wide range of public and private assets, including highways and bridges, airports, ports and inland waterways, electricity plants and transmission lines, information and telecommunication networks and water and sewage facilities. Such assets are indispensable for facilitating production across various industries—not least of which include agriculture, energy, mining and, in particular, manufacturing. The ability to safely and efficiently move goods from a manufacturing facility to a customer located far away is crucial to the industry’s long-term health and global competitiveness. In other capital-intensive industries, such as telecommunications and electricity distribution, infrastructure plays an equally important role. Beyond the manufacturing industry, basic infrastructure also underlies the daily occupational and recreational activities of U.S. households. Our energy, mobility, information and travel capabilities all depend on safe, accessible and reliable infrastructure. Unfortunately, recent data concerning U.S. public- and private-sector spending indicates a decline in real investment spending for many types of infrastructure. Real or “constant-price” investment is the purchase of structures and equipment by government entities and private companies, where dollar amounts have been adjusted for inflation. It, therefore, is an indication of the physical volume of infrastructure installed in each year. The decline goes beyond the recent recession and includes a period that stretches over the past decade. Consumers are cognizant of delays and congestion problems along urban corridors and airport runways. Others experience breakdowns in water supply and sewage because much of the nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is rapidly aging. Even private infrastructure is not immune from underinvestment. However, most notably and noticeably deficient is the state of the nation’s streets and highways. Costs in time, wasted fuel and vehicle maintenance continue to grow annually. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s 2012 Annual Urban Mobility Report, the cost of congestion has escalated to $121 billion, or $818 per commuter. Trucks moving freight along the nation’s roads and highways bear a significant cost of that congestion—$27 billion is derived from wasted time and diesel fuel.

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Modern economic growth and development depends on high-quality infrastructure. There is no getting around it. However, what, exactly, does that involve? Infrastructure spans a wide range of public and private assets, including highways and bridges, airports, ports and inland waterways, electricity plants and transmission lines, information and telecommunication networks and water and sewage facilities. Such assets are indispensable for facilitating production across various industries—not least of which include agriculture, energy, mining and, in particular, manufacturing. The ability to safely and efficiently move goods from a manufacturing facility to a customer located far away is crucial to the industry’s long-term health and global competitiveness. In other capital-intensive industries, such as telecommunications and electricity distribution, infrastructure plays an equally important role. Beyond the manufacturing industry, basic infrastructure also underlies the daily occupational and recreational activities of U.S. households. Our energy, mobility, information and travel capabilities all depend on safe, accessible and reliable infrastructure. Unfortunately, recent data concerning U.S. public- and private-sector spending indicates a decline in real investment spending for many types of infrastructure. Real or “constant-price” investment is the purchase of structures and equipment by government entities and private companies, where dollar amounts have been adjusted for inflation. It, therefore, is an indication of the physical volume of infrastructure installed in each year. The decline goes beyond the recent recession and includes a period that stretches over the past decade. Consumers are cognizant of delays and congestion problems along urban corridors and airport runways. Others experience breakdowns in water supply and sewage because much of the nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is rapidly aging. Even private infrastructure is not immune from underinvestment. However, most notably and noticeably deficient is the state of the nation’s streets and highways. Costs in time, wasted fuel and vehicle maintenance continue to grow annually. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s 2012 Annual Urban Mobility Report, the cost of congestion has escalated to $121 billion, or $818 per commuter. Trucks moving freight along the nation’s roads and highways bear a significant cost of that congestion—$27 billion is derived from wasted time and diesel fuel.

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