Bezos: Country 'in trouble' if tech firms turn from DoD

09 Décembre, 2019, 07:08 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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"It is the job of the senior leadership team to say no", Bezos said.

Speaking at the Reagan National Defence Forum in California on Saturday, Mr Bezos said: "If big tech is going to turn their backs on the Department of Defence, this country is in trouble, that just can't happen".

Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos has warned of the dangers of technology companies refusing to work with the U.S. military.

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The JEDI contract was part of a broader digital modernization project at the Pentagon, and Amazon was considered a favorite bidder before Microsoft was tapped. A year ago a defense program, named Project Maven, set off a revolt https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-alphabet-defense/google-to-scrub-u-s-military-deal-protested-by-employees-source-idUKKCN1IX5YC inside Google, as some employees opposed Google technology being used in warfare.

Amazon had competed to provide cloud computing capabilities to the Pentagon.

Bezos did not touch on the question of the Pentagon's JEDI cloud computing contract, which his company has made a decision to protest after DoD officials selected Microsoft as the victor. Bezos, the chief executive officer of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, has been an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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