Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Inc. founder has reiterated that the firm
will support the U.S. Department of Defense as technology companies compete for
more defense contracts and the pentagon looks for ways in which it can
modernize itself. At the annual defense forum held at the Regan Library in Simi
Valley, California, Bezos said, " we are going to support the Department
of Defense, this country is important."
Several critics have at some point in time also raised a voice in
support of Jeff Bezos on the idea of tech companies not wanting to partner with
the Pentagon; and have also criticized Silicon Valley which the U.S. Department
of Defense has been wooing since it began looking for a technological leg up
over China and Russia. In June, General
Dynamics Chief Executive Officer, Phebe Novakovic said, “I’m frankly alarmed when I see some companies to whom much is given
not want to work with the U.S. government. Who do they
think provides them this freedom? Where do they think the platform for their
technology and innovation comes from the security and stability of this nation.
So, I find as an American, that troubling.”
lot of tech companies have experienced some kind of difficulty working with the
Pentagon in the time past. An example is the defense program, called Project
Maven, which took place last year. The
project set a revolt as some employees opposed Google technology being used in
warfare. The employees noted that it clashed with Google's stated goal of doing
no harm and cited the risks associated with using artificial intelligence
technology in circumstances that perhaps may be lethal.
Bezos said he supported the view where employees would have views that are
passionately held, he said it was up to the senior executives of a company to
make choices and lead on what projects to take up or not to take up. Jeff Bezos
said, "my view is that if big tech is turning their back on the Department
of Defense, this country is in big trouble".
Amazon recently launched its cloud computing which involves the
on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go
pricing; instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and
servers, access to technology services, such as computing power, storage, and
databases are provided.
Amazon had competed to provide cloud computing capabilities to the Pentagon, however it
filed a lawsuit in federal court contesting the Department of Defense choice in
September to award the cloud computing contract which was worth more than $10
billion to rival Microsoft Corp. According to Reuters, Amazon was considered a
favorite for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract,
which was a part of a broader digital modernization project at the Pentagon,
before Microsoft surprisingly emerged as the winner.
Amazon previously hinted that they were sidelined in the contract award
due to political reasons because the Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Bezos has
always being a strong critic of United States President, Donald Trump.
Investing Port reported last week that Amazon.com was part of the top
performing tech stocks for the year 2019; and expect more excellent performance
in the coming year.