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Amazon Is Angling To Be America’s Next Big Defense Contractor — And For Now, Trump Is Thwarting Them

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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The U.S. government snubbed Amazon for a $10 billion military cloud contract Friday, placing President Donald Trump squarely between Amazon and its ambitions to become the next top-tier government defense contractor.

Amazon took its first major dip into defense contracting in 2013 when it secured a $600 million contract to be the CIA’s exclusive cloud computing supplier. Since then, the company has both beefed up its data presence near Washington, D.C., and announced a new headquarters in Northern Virginia, a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. The $10 billion contract is with the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), and centers around expanding the military’s data cloud storage to allow further battlefield integration of artificial intelligence, among other advanced technologies. (RELATED: Trump Admin Gives $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract To Microsoft)