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Huge upset for Amazon as Microsoft wins Pentagon's $10 bn 'war cloud' deal

Bidding for the huge government contract has attracted more attention than usual, sparked by speculation early in the process that Amazon would be awarded the deal

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The Pentagon has awarded a $10 billion contract called JEDI.

The contentious bidding process for the contract pitted Microsoft, and Oracle, among others, against one another.

Bidding for the huge government contract has attracted more attention than usual, sparked by speculation early in the process that would be awarded the deal. Tech giants and IBM pushed back with their own bids. also challenged the bid process in federal court, but lost.

The resulting system will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the US military to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.

The Department of Defence emphasized in an announcement that the process was fair and followed procurement guidelines.

Over the last year, has positioned itself as a friend to the US military. President Brad Smith wrote last fall that has long supplied technology to the military and would continue to do so, despite pushback from employees.

Microsoft, Amazon, Google and other tech giants have faced criticism from their own employees about doing business with the government, especially on military and immigration related projects.

Microsoft and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

First Published: Sat, October 26 2019. 05:30 IST
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