Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal

Amazon | November 01, 2019

Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon's awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft , with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the project by President Donald Trump . Amazon was long thought to be the front-runner in the competition for the huge military contract. Its Amazon Web Services division is far ahead of second-place Microsoft as the market leader for cloud computing and has experience handling highly classified government data. It survived earlier legal challenges after the Defense Department eliminated rival bidders Oracle and IBM and whittled the competition down to the two Seattle area tech giants before choosing Microsoft last week.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a briefing by senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 3, 2019. Following the briefing President Trump will host a dinner for the officials.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a briefing by senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 3, 2019. Following the briefing President Trump will host a dinner for the officials.

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