As threatened, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, is putting his thumb on the scale of the JEDI Pentagon contract by assigning his new Secretary of Defense to review the order.
In addition to the late stage review of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper With a $ 10 billion contract that was supposed to be awarded to the finalist Microsoft or Amazon, Esper also clarified that "no decision on the program will be made until you have completed your exam, "through the office spokesperson.
Esper, who is replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to be motivated in the opposite direction of the former secretary who defended the project as a bipartisan progression of Pentagon technology, according to Bloomberg.
While it may seem that Esper's sudden interference may postpone the award of the JEDI contract with Amazon or Microsoft, the Department of Defense chief of information hastened to remind the public that Esper's sudden recovery of sight is still is within the deadline established for the announcement of the contract winner.
A few months ago, the Department of Defense mentioned a deadline of late August 2019 as the earliest time for an announcement of the winner of the JEDI contract and except for any new hiccups, Esper has approximately five weeks to be inside that stadium.
Today's news could be a pyrrhic victory for Oracle, who recently lost a judicial process that, in part, tried to put some supervision over the current ties that Amazon and the Pentagon have already established.
Before Oracle lost its legal challenge last month, the company had been an early contender as a possible cloud service provider for the JEDI contract, but after being eliminated, the company complained of a lawsuit. weighted by the Department of Defense in favor of Amazon.
The chief judge of the Federal Claims Court Eric Bruggink discovered that Oracle did not have the necessary legitimation to claim the terms of the contract, but that at least one of the justifications that the Department of Defense used to support its single source strategy for the Contract was defective.
Bruggink also said that conflicts of interest alleged in Oracle's lawsuit "raise eyebrows," but ultimately, the Pentagon was right in determining that they did not affect the acquisition.
In the middle of this is Microsoft, which up to this point has remained relatively quiet while continuing to press for the JEDI contract. For the past three months, it has been a dispute between Microsoft's Azure cloud and the Amazon AWS solution.
However, with President Trump possibly using the Secretary of Defense to resolve a personal complaint with Amazon and AWS owner Jeff Bezo & # 39; s, the company may have found an involuntary guardian angle in the process.
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