Judge halts Pentagon’s $10B deal with Microsoft in victory for Amazon

Microsoft | February 13, 2020

Judge halts Pentagon’s $10B deal with Microsoft in victory for Amazon
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Pentagon to temporarily halt a $10 billion cloud-computing contract with Microsoft after Amazon claimed President Trump caused it to lose out on the lucrative deal. Amazon, which along with its CEO Jeff Bezos has been publicly derided by President Trump, had been considered the favorite to win the government contract. When it was awarded to Microsoft in October, the e-commerce giant filed a suit the next month alleging it was because of interference from Trump. The injunction puts a freeze on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, project, which aims to allow the US military to use artificial intelligence to beef up its fighting capabilities as well as improve communications with soldiers on the battlefield.

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The details of the new Local Government Pension Scheme (“LGPS”) arrangements are yet to be agreed, but the principles are clear: to reduce costs while maintaining overall investment performance. Our aim in this paper is to identify best practice in the design of equivalent-sized investment organisations in an attempt to maximise the chances of achieving these twin objectives.

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