Amazon Loses Pentagon Contract to Microsoft, Could Challenge the Decision
The battle for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract raged for over a year. Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle were the main contestants. Amazon was supposedly a front-runner until July, when President Trump said he was reviewing Amazon’s bid after other companies complained.
As political and social pressures on the company mount, it is possible that the increasing controversy surrounding Amazon played a role in its loss of the contract to Microsoft. But that still may not be the end of the story, as Amazon could challenge the decision.
In a statement, Amazon Web Services said it was “surprised about this conclusion.” A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the company is considering options for protesting the award. The company did not respond to requests for comment on its next steps.