Amazon said on Thursday that it has filed a notice in the US Court of Federal Claims, indicating a plan to protest the Pentagon’s decision to give Microsoft a $10 billion contract for cloud computing services.
The Pentagon said Microsoft had won the contract, which could span 10 years and be worth up to $10 billion, on October 25. It was originally due to be awarded last year, with several companies, including Amazon, bidding for the deal.
In August, the Pentagon announced that US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper would review the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) deal after President Donald Trump said that he had received complaints from companies about the process. Trump said in July that companies conveyed that the specifications of the contract favored Amazon, according to Bloomberg.
In announcing the decision to hand the contract to Microsoft last month, the Department of Defence said the acquisition process “was conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.” Microsoft, whose cloud business has been growing faster than Amazon’s in recent quarters, said the decision reflected the fact that it brought its “best efforts to the rigorous JEDI evaluation process.”