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Pentagon ordered to halt work on $10bn 'war cloud' project after Amazon protest | Technology


A federal court has ordered a temporary halt in Microsoft’s work on a $10bn military cloud contract that Amazon was initially expected to win. Amazon sued in December to revisit that decision, alleging that Donald Trump’s bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project.

Amazon requested the court injunction last month. The documents requesting the block and the judge’s decision to issue the temporary injunction are sealed by the court.

A public court notice, however, confirmed the injunction on the Pentagon and noted that Amazon will have to establish a security fund of $42m that will be used to pay damages if the court later finds the injunction was improper. No further details of the decision were immediately available.

Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday that it was disappointed by the additional delay, but said it believes that it will ultimately be allowed to move forward with the project.

The Pentagon and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Charles Tiefer, a government contracting law professor at the University of Baltimore, called the order to stop work on the project “striking”, adding that judges typically halt work on contracts when they see “some merit” in the case.

Amazon was considered an early frontrunner for the contract, which Pentagon officials have said is important to advancing the US military’s technological advantage over adversaries.

The project, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or Jedi, will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the US military to improve communications with soldiers on the battlefield and use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.

Earlier this week, Amazon asked to depose Trump for its case. In July, Trump publicly stated that other companies told him the contract “wasn’t competitively bid”, and he said the administration would “take a very long look” at it. Trump has long expressed animus toward the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.

The company is also looking to question the former and current secretaries of defense and other officials.

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