Judge orders Defense Department to stop work on $10B cloud network

A federal judge has ordered the Defense Department to stop work on a federal cloud computing network after Amazon alleged President Trump illegally influenced the bidding process for the network’s contract.

The Defense Department awarded an estimated $10 billion contract to Microsoft in October to build the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure network. Amazon has sued the Trump administration, seeking testimony from Trump and a handful of current and former top defense officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The judge handling Amazon’s case ordered Microsoft and the Defense Department to cease work on JEDI while investigators look into Amazon’s claims, according to the
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