Following a statement by the president Trump on bias in favor of it Amazon, the Pentagon has temporarily suspend the 10 billion dollar competition he held for cloud computing. The process will now be revised by new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and a spokesman said "no decision on the program will be made until it is completed."
The Pentagon wants a single vendor for the cloud-computing JEDI system that will host personal and information data, allowing it to better compete with China in the field of AI technology. The competition has featured names such as IBM and Oracle, but the Pentagon has reached only two suppliers: Microsoft and Amazon.
Oracle tried to stay in the game by arguing to Congress that the bidding process was unfair. The company's grievances reached a group of representatives who asked Trump to postpone the contest until the Pentagon considered any irregularities or conflicts of interest.
In response, Trump asked Pentagon officials to review the process. "They say it was not a competitive bid," he told 18 in July. "Some of the biggest companies in the world are complaining about it ... I'm going to ask them to look very closely to see what happens because I had very little information, and there were so many complaints."
Trump has in the past criticized both Amazon and Bezos (owner of the Washington Post), but issues related to the JEDI convention outweigh the president's. Specifically, competitors were concerned about former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's meetings with AWS's Teresa Carlson and 2017's Jeff Bezos himself. The Guardian also discovered that an Amazon VP had contact with US government services commission on setting up a market portal.
In July, however, a court ruled that Oracle's bid did not meet government requirements and that the Government Accountability Office found the bid to be fair.
And while some US representatives want to stop the offer, others want it to continue. “We believe it is necessary for our nation safety to proceed with the assignment and implementation of this convention as soon as possible, "the Rep. said. Mac Thornberry, on behalf of the House Armed Services Committee.