The Pentagon said Friday it would maintain a “JEDI” cloud computing contract with Microsoft, which has been disputed in court for months. Microsoft signed a 10-year, $10 billion contract with the Pentagon last October for the Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract.
In November, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing division, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Claims Court against the JEDI contract ruling, accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting “inappropriate pressure” and bias that led Amazon to miss the contract. In the legal dispute, the Pentagon invited Amazon and Microsoft to revise and resubmit the contract proposal.
Mr. Trump has frequently criticized Amazon and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.
Today’s decision could lead to more legal disputes.
The Pentagon’s inspector general released a report earlier this year saying the contract did not appear to have been influenced by the White House. But the inspector general noted in his report that limited cooperation between White House officials throughout the review process prevented them from completing their assessment of allegations of ethical misconduct.