WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four members of the U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee’s ranking member, Mac Thornberry, a letter will be sent to the President, Donald Trump, on Thursday, urging him to move forward with a $10 billion cloud contract with the Department of Defense (dod).
In the letter, after He said that his administration was looking to close in on Amazon.com’s offering on the cloud contract, following complaints from other tech firms.
“We believe that it is essential for our national security, in order to move forward as quickly as possible, with the award of the contract, and the performance of this contract,” said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
The contract called for the Joint Enterprise, Defence, Infrastructure (JEDI) is caught up in a controversy after Oracle Corp. (nasdaq: msft), a competitor, has been a concern expressed about the role of a former Amazon, employee who worked on the project, to recusing himself, and later left the Department of Defense, and then went back to Amazon’s Web Services.
Since then, Amazon and Microsoft Corp have been selected to go on to compete in the cloud computing contract and the selection is left to an Oracle, and IBM Corp. (nasdaq: msft out of the game.
Earlier this month, Oracle had lost a court case challenging the award of the contract. A judge has ruled, Oracle will not allow you to claim that it was done by the decision, because it does not comply with the requirements of the contract.
To the members, Mac Thornberry, Michael R. Turner, Elise Stefanik, Robert J. Wittman, said in the letter to the House Armed Services Committee and carried out under the supervision of the contract, from the start, and that the court also dismissed the Ministry of Defence, ‘ treatment of the competition.”
“It’s understandable, then, that some of the companies that are in competition with each other in order for the agreement to be disappointed in not being selected as one of the finalists,” the letter said, adding that any further delay will hurt the nation’s security, and the increase in the cost of the contract.
A JEDI meets only a part of the Department of Defense, the need for cloud services, and it is an important first step in the competition with countries such as China, the members said. No unnecessary delay will hurt the country’s security and the increase in the cost of the contract, they will be added to it.
In the Amazon, and Oracle will not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by sue Thomas