Amazon to block Microsoft from working on $10bn 'war cloud' contract

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Amazon to seek order to block Microsoft from working on DoD's JEDI contract The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves

According to the proposed schedule, the requests for the dismissal and for the temporary restraining order, or a preliminary injunction, are to be filed by January 24. Its initial formal appeal of the decision, filed on 9 December previous year, memorably pointed at least one finger of blame for the loss at tweeter-in-chief, US President Donald Trump who, it is fair to say, is no fan of Amazon (and Washington Post) boss, Jeff Bezos.

Amazon Web Services is expecting a decision next month from a US Court about whether the brakes will be slammed on the lucrative Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract awarded to Microsoft.

In a filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington Monday, the two companies set out a proposed schedule to deal with the litigation, including Amazon's plan to seek the court order. It argues that US President exerted "improper pressure" against the Department of Defence (DoD) and forced it into picking Microsoft, mostly because he has personal issues with Amazon president Jeff Bezos.

The JEDI contract is part of a broader digital modernization of the Pentagon meant to make it more technologically agile. It should give the military better access to data. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment and the DoD could not be immediately reached.

"We believe the facts will show they (DoD) ran a detailed, thorough and fair process in determining the needs of the warfighter were best met by Microsoft", Microsoft said in an emailed statement a year ago.

The latest filing for an injunction intends to stop Microsoft performing any substantial work on JEDI, which was expected to begin on 11 February, until the outcome of Amazon's appeal is known.

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