Amazon to seek order to block Microsoft from working on DoD's JEDI contract

Amazon | January 14, 2020

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) will ask a judge to temporarily block Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) from working on a $10 billion cloud contract from the Pentagon, a court filing showed on Monday. Amazon, which was seen as a favorite for the contract, plans to file a motion for a temporary restraining order on Jan. 24 and a federal court will issue its decision on Feb. 11, according to the filing. The e-commerce giant has blamed U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting “improper pressure” and bias that led the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft.

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2016 State of the Coast Guard address at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center Feb. 23, 2016. Zukunft stressed the importance for the Service to invest in a 21st century workforce and invest in Duty to People. U.S. Coast Guard video.

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2016 State of the Coast Guard address at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center Feb. 23, 2016. Zukunft stressed the importance for the Service to invest in a 21st century workforce and invest in Duty to People. U.S. Coast Guard video.

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Forcepoint | September 28, 2022

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Accela | July 08, 2022

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