WASHINGTON - In the 18 months since the Pentagon announced it would turn to a single company for a cloud computing system worth up to $10 billion, Amazon went from presumed front-runner to losing bidder thanks to key developments and a year-long delay that set the stage for Microsoft's stunning win.
The series of events highlights how an increasingly politicized procurement process complicates strategy for companies seeking large government deals, especially for companies such as Amazon that become a target of President Donald Trump's ire. And it shows how competition for taxpayer-funded defense contracts can seriously complicate the government's plans, in some cases delaying important projects. (Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)..