SIMI VALLEY, California, usa. (Ap) – Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos said that with the support of the U.S. Department of Defense and technology companies to compete for defense contracts the Pentagon is trying to modernize it.
FILE PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, speaks at the JFK Space of the Top, and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Mass., V. S., 19th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor/File Photo
“We have to go to the support of the Ministry of Defence, this land is very important,” Bezos said in an annual defense forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, usa.
Tech companies have had difficulty when trying to get it to work with the Pentagon. Last year’s defense program, called Project-Base, a popular revolt, as some of the employees at the Google technology is being used in the war effort. The employees said that it clashed with Google’s goal of doing no harm, and in view of the risks associated with the use of an emerging artificial intelligence technology in a life-threatening situation.
While Bezos said he will support staff with the passion and ideas, and he said that it was up to the senior leaders of the companies leading the projects which they would and would not do it.
“My view is that if big tech is turning their back on the Ministry of Defence, and that this country is in big trouble,” Bezos said.
Amazon’s (AMZN.D) I participated with a team to provide cloud computing capabilities for the Pentagon.
But last month, the company filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Ministry of Defence in September, a decision on the award of a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion, rival bidder for the Microsoft Corporation. (Wholly-owned.(O)
In the Amazon, was considered a favorite for the Joint Venture, Defence and Infrastructure in the Cloud (of the JEDI) contract, which is part of a wider set of digital modernization, the project of the Pentagon, before the software developer Microsoft, it came as something of a surprise.
Amazon has previously said that the politics got in the way of a fair process. Bezos, the chief executive officer of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, and has been an outspoken critic of the US President, Donald Trump.
(This is December 7, the story corrects to say in the country, the company is in the fifth paragraph)
Reporting by Mike Stone; Editing by Daniel Wallis