The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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The Pentagon's $10bn JEDI mega-cloud contract may be put on hold once again, this time because President Trump has ordered a probe into the massive single-vendor deal.

The White House has recently taken an interest in the proposed service agreement, and wants to more information about its terms, conditions, requirements, and procurement, according to Bloomberg on Wednesday.

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In particular, the President is unhappy that he wasn't made aware that some Republicans had written complaints about the process to the White House and the military, and wants to see those memos to determine if he needs to step in and do what he does best: turning everything upside down.

As it stands, Microsoft and AWS are the finalists to seal a deal that will see just one of the pair become the sole cloud IT provider for the Department of Defense for the next 10 years. JEDI – that's the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program – is expected to top out at around $10bn for the winning contractor for a decade after the ink dries on the paperwork. The winner is due to be picked next month.

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The terms of the deal, especially the provision that one tech giant must deliver the entire contract single-handedly, have long been the target of criticism from rival vendors who have wanted to band together and offer packaged deals that would split the duties among multiple outfits.

Among those who have most strongly objected to the JEDI process were IBM and Oracle, which went so far as to take the matter to court, alleging AWS improperly influenced the Pentagon to write in terms to the deal that would...
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