Trump Administration adds China’s Comac and Xiaomi to trade blacklist

The Trump Administration has added nine Chinese companies, including Chinese plane maker Comac and mobile phone maker Xiaomi,  to a trade blacklist which Washington thinks are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. These companies will be subject to a new U.S. investment ban which will compel American investors to divest their holdings of the…

SpaceX bags SDA contract to track ICBM launches

In a defining moment for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space venture has won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, said the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) in a statement on Monday. The development marks SpaceX’s first government contract to build satellites. Known for its reusable rockets and astronaut capsules, SpaceX is…

Pentagon to reconsider certain aspects of $10 billion JEDI Contract: court filings

According to court filings by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, the DoD is asking permission from the court to reconsider certain aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp. Last month, a U.S. judge had granted Amazon.com Inc’s request to temporarily halt the DoD from…

Pentagon’s $10B cloud computing JEDI contract with Microsoft paused over Amazon’s lawsuit

A U.S. judge has allowed Amazon.com Inc’s motion to temporarily halt the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp’s $10 billion cloud computing deal which Amazon said was reflective of President Donald Trump’s undue influence. In November 2019, Amazon, which had been seen as a front-runner to win the cloud computing contract, had filed a…

Pentagon expected to back additional tech export curbs on Huawei and China

The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on China’s Huawei Technologies, reversing its earlier stance to the proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company, said a source briefed on the matter. The Pentagon’s reversal is likely to make it much harder for U.S. companies to get around…

Amazon.com Inc’s lawsuit names Donald Trump for loss of Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Amazon Inc has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of having a bias and exerting “improper pressure” in the awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to its rival, Microsoft Corp. Amazon’s complaint states, Trump had launched a “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to…

Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

Amazon.com Inc has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims contesting the awarding of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp by the Pentagon. According to a spokesman for Amazon, the company has filed a complaint and supplemental motion for discovery under seal. “The Complaint and related filings…

Amazon.com contests Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing award to Microsoft

In a statement Amazon.com Inc disclosed it is contesting the Pentagon’s award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft Corp. Amazon.com has expressed concerns that politics may have got in the way of a fair contracting process. Last Friday, Amazon.com had filed a notice that it will formally resist the decision…

Microsoft wins $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Pentagon

Microsoft beat Amazon Web Services in securing the contract. Microsoft Corp has beaten Amazon.com Inc in winning a $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Pentagon, said the Defense Department in a statement. The contracting process, mired in allegations of conflict of interest even drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who has publicly taken…

Pentagon talking to Nokia & Ericsson on 5G solutions

Military to military discussions on future 5G networks are going well, said Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. With the United States determined to secure and position itself for the next generation of 5G devices, it is conscientiously pushing away Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, which…