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Amazon's $10 Billion Pentagon Challenge: Proving Trump Meddled

  • Lawsuit contesting cloud contract award seen as uphill climb
  • Microsoft won JEDI contract valued at up to $10 billion

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images Inc. will likely argue that meddling by President Donald Trump cost the company a cloud-computing contract worth as much as $10 billion as it seeks to overturn a Pentagon decision to award the work to arch-rival Microsoft Corp.

Yet Amazon faces an uphill climb in basing its challenge on those grounds, as legal requirements to successfully appeal a contract award on claims of political interference are high. To prevail, losing bidders must show the agency made its decision as a result of bias -- rather than on the merits of the companies’ proposals, according to procurement experts.