Amazon’s decision to protest the Pentagon’s cloud computing contract hasn’t delayed Microsoft from working on the colossal Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, deal.
“We were working every day before we won that contract to make the product better,” Microsoft President Brad Smith told CNBC’s Morgan Brennan in an exclusive interview on the sidelines at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California. “We have if anything been moving even faster since that contract was awarded,” he added.
The JEDI contract, which could be worth up to $10 billion for services rendered over as many as 10 years, was awarded to Microsoft on October 25. Last month, Amazon filed a notice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicating a plan to protest the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft the multibillion-dollar cloud contract.