Trump has long criticised Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on everything from the shipping rates his company pays the US Postal Service to his personal ownership of what Trump calls “the Amazon Washington Post.”
The contract was awarded to Microsoft “despite what plaintiff characterises as its depth of experience, superior technology and proven record of success in handling the most sensitive government data,” Campbell-Smith said.
Amazon filed a lawsuit under seal with the court last month to formally protest its loss of the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, cloud contract.
Campbell-Smith said Amazon is seeking to prohibit the US Defense Department from proceeding without a new evaluation or award decision. The company is requesting that the Pentagon either reevaluate bids or reopen the procurement to allow for bid revisions, the judge said.
Campbell-Smith also granted Microsoft’s request to intervene in the suit.
In July, Trump stunned lawmakers and technology companies when he openly questioned whether the JEDI contract was being competitively bid, citing complaints from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM.
Dana Deasy, the Pentagon’s chief information officer, said during his confirmation hearing in late October that to the best of his knowledge, no one from the White House reached out to any members of the JEDI cloud contract selection team.
The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud project is designed to consolidate the department’s cloud computing infrastructure and modernise its technology systems. The contract is worth as much as $US10 billion over 10 years and could offer the winner a bigger foothold in the burgeoning federal cloud market.