Hellbound and Down

Earlier this month the US Department of Defense (DOD)canceleda $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract awarded to Microsoft in 2019. The goal of the contract was to modernize the Department’s IT operations using cloud computing.

The JEDI cancellation occurred following alawsuit from Amazonafter the company was denied the contract. Amazon alleges that they were rejected because the Department of Defense was pressured by then President Donald Trump to “screw Amazon.” The motivation for this move, it was claimed, was driven by Trump’s personal animus for then-CEO Jeff Bezos, who also ownsThe Washington Post.

Amazon claims insider sources responsible for the bookHolding The Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattisprovide evidence for Trump’s direct intent to “screw Amazon,” but you need not trust another book published by Washington insiders for this story. Trump’s personal problems with Bezos, valid or not, are…

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