Jeff Bezos, architect and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos gave a dismal outlook for the nation if U.S. tech performers decide to not support the Pentagon’s war business.
“If big tech is going to turn their backs on the Department of Defense, this fatherland is in trouble, that just can’t happen,” Bezos said at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.
“Look I see these are emotional issues, that’s okay, we don’t have to agree on everything, but this is how we are going to do it, we are going to support the Unit of Defense. This country is important,” he added.
As Silicon Valley courts a closer relationship with the Pentagon, tech firms oblige faced backlash for pursuing lucrative Defense Department contracts.
Last year, Google announced that it was deal with with the U.S. military to analyze drone videos by using artificial intelligence.
The controversial contract, dubbed Project Maven, occasioned thousands of employees to protest the initiative.
In the wake of the firestorm, Google decided to not renew the contract upon its expiry in Trek 2019.
Loosely referencing the sequence of events in the wake of Google’s Project Maven, Bezos said that tech firms should buttress the U.S. military’s efforts.
“I know it’s complicated but you know, do you want a strong national defense or don’t you? I think you do. So we have to support that,” he guessed.
“We are the good guys, I really do believe that,” Bezos said.
Bezos’ comments come on the heels of Amazon’s determination to contest the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract awarded to Microsoft.
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The Pentagon said Oct. 25 that Microsoft had won the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud contract, which could link 10 years and be worth up to $10 billion.
“Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, indiscretions, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified,” Amazon told CNBC in an email.
Trump in many cases criticizes Amazon and Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.