Amazon CEO says wants to work more with Pentagon World 00:57

Marco Green
December 9, 2019

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

"It is the job of the senior leadership team to say no", Bezos said.

"We will support the Ministry of Defense, this country is important", said Bezos.

Bezos made the comments during a two-day defense forum that closed out Saturday at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, saying his company would also help the Pentagon, as it seeks to modernize itself.

"My point of view is that if the major technologies turn their backs on the Ministry of Defense, this company is in great difficulty", he said.

Tech companies have faced challenges when trying to work with the Pentagon.

The tech and e-commerce giant has provided cloud computing tech to the Pentagon. Employees citing conflicts with the company's supposed mission statement of doing no harm with its technology and decisions.

However, Amazon in November filed a lawsuit in response to the Defense Department choosing Microsoft for a $10 billion cloud computing contract.

Amazon had been considered a favourite for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract, part of a broader digital modernisation project at the Pentagon before software developer Microsoft emerged as the surprise victor.

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