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How a court battle between Amazon and Oracle could shape the Pentagon’s cloud computing

December 16, 2018 / Aaron Gregg

Global tech giants Oracle and Amazon have fired off early salvos in what is likely to become a protracted court battle over how the Pentagon should build advanced cloud-computing technology into its operations, the latest turn in a long-running dispute over one of the biggest military IT procurements in years.In a bid protest filed recently in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Oracle argued the Defense Department’s $10 billion cloud-computing contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or “JEDI” for short, has improperly favored Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing unit of Amazon.com. Days later, Amazon intervened on the side of the government, filing a motion to make itself a defendant in the case. (Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.