The Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a cloud project potentially worth up to $10 billion and , has been sparking battles of “Star Wars” intensity.

In a filed December 9, erstwhile front-runner Amazon Web Services (AWS) accused President Trump of launching “behind-the-scenes attacks” and pressuring the Department of Defense (DoD) to give the $10 billion contract to rival Microsoft. Trump is a frequent critic of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Meanwhile, another competitor, Oracle, has argued in federal court that conflicts of interest among Defense Department officials tainted the process. And anonymous Microsoft employees wrote an  last year opposing their company’s involvement.

Lost amid the controversy, however, is the massive project’s potential ripple effect as a cloud innovation driver within government and across the

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