Judge delays trial over Pentagon cloud computing deal



WASHINGTON – A federal judge has deferred a lawsuit over a major cloud computing contract at the Pentagon. Amazon.com Inc. was preferred to victory.

Chief Justice Eric Bruggink of the US Federal Court of Appeals has ordered the suspension of the hearing on Tuesday "as the Department of Defense re-examines whether potential conflicts of personal interest could have an impact on the integrity of the JEDI Cloud market ", according to its order.

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This order followed a sealed petition asking the Ministry of Defense to suspend the Common Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) program, which could reach $ 10 billion.

The contract was to be awarded this spring. Rival Oracle Corp.

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pursued to end the process until the government thoroughly investigated allegations of Oracle's alleged conflict, centered on a former government employee who was working for Amazon.

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before and after playing a role in the Pentagon buying process. The Ministry of Defense has largely rejected conflict of interest claims previously, making Tuesday's motion to suspend a turning point.

A developed version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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