Microsoft is scheduled to begin its work on the contract on Feb. 11. But Amazon’s cloud computing division will seek a preliminary injunction to “prevent the issuance of substantive task orders under the contract,” the filing said. Amazon’s request will be submitted by Jan. 24.
The contract — called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI — involves providing cloud storage of sensitive military data and technology, such as artificial intelligence, to the Department of Defense, and could result in revenue of up to $10 billion over 10 years.
After Trump’s remarks, the Defense Department launched a review of the JEDI contract. Defense Secretary Mark Esper recused himself from the review less than a month before the contract was awarded, citing his son’s employment at IBM — which had also briefly been in the running for JEDI.
The Pentagon said it chose Microsoft because the company would help improve the “speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our men and women in uniform.”
Late last year, Amazon filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of normal business hours.
— Clare Duffy contributed to this report.