9 (Xinhua) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos believes the entire U.S. will be in trouble if big U.S. technology companies decide not to support the Pentagon’s war business. “If big tech companies turn their backs on the U.S. Department of Defense, this country is in trouble, and that’s not going to happen,” Bezos said at the annual defense forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. “
“I understand that there are some emotional issues right now, it doesn’t matter, we don’t need to agree on everything,” Bezos said. But what we’re going to do is support the Department of Defense, which is important for the country. “
As U.S. technology companies forge closer ties with the Pentagon, technology companies are met with strong public opinion in their pursuit of lucrative Defense Department contracts.
Last year, Google announced that it was working with the U.S. military to use artificial intelligence technology to analyze drone video. The controversial contract, called project Maven, has sparked opposition from thousands of Google employees to prevent its latest technology from being used in war. Google has therefore decided not to renew its contract with the Pentagon when it expires in March 2019.
In his speech, Bezos also referred to a series of events that followed Google’s Maven project, saying technology companies should support the U.S. military’s efforts. “I know it’s complicated, but do you want a strong defense?” I think you want to. So we have to support that. “
“We’re good people, and I really believe that,” Bezos said.
Bezos’ comments come after Amazon decided to challenge the Pentagon’s cloud computing contract with Microsoft.
On October 25th the Pentagon announced that Microsoft had won a cloud contract for the military’s Joint Defense Infrastructure, which could span 10 years and be worth up to $10 billion. That means Amazon lost the battle.
“It is important that the military’s evaluation of contractors involves obvious flaws, errors, and biases that must be checked and corrected,” Amazon said in a public email. “
There has also been speculation that the US military’s abandonment of Amazon may have something to do with the US president’s preferences. Mr. Trump has often criticized Amazon and Bezos, who are also the owners of The Washington Post. The Washington Post is often accused by Trump of being a “fake media.”