Amazon Wins Order Suspending $10 Billion Microsoft US Military Contract

A federal judge temporarily blocked Microsoft Corp. from working on a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract after Amazon.com Inc. asked for the delay as it challenges the validity of the award over allegations that President Donald Trump interfered.

Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith issued the injunction but did not release her written opinion.

The big picture: Amazon claims the decision to hand Microsoft the contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project in late October was influenced by President Trump, who has repeatedly and publicly taken shots at Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos. She also ordered Amazon to post $42 million in the event that the injunction was issued wrongfully.

Amazon has alleged it was shut out of the deal because of President Donald Trump's vendetta and is seeking testimony from the president and other top officials on the reasons for awarding the $10 billion USA military cloud computing contract.

Amazon was considered an early front-runner for the contract, which Pentagon officials have said is important to advancing the USA military's technological advantage over adversaries.

Amazon requested the court injunction last month.

As part of the lawsuit, Amazon wants to question Trump about his communications with its competitors and with Pentagon officials to establish his "well-documented personal animus towards Mr. Bezos, Amazon, and the Washington Post", according to a court filing.

The JEDI contract provides cloud services, artificial intelligence processing, and machine learning technology. Among the leaders Amazon seeks to depose are Trump, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Dana Deasy, the Pentagon's chief information officer.