UPDATED 9:45 AM PT — Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company will continue to do business with the Pentagon despite a wave of employee protests.
During a conference in San Francisco Monday, Bezos said “if big tech companies are going to turn their back on the Department of Defense, the country is going to be in trouble.”
This comes as the billionaire has faced backlash from his employees over plans to sign a 10-year contract with the department to help with its Jedi project. The project would put a single cloud provider in charge of caches of top secret military and defense data.
Tech company Google has already removed it’s bid for Jedi because it went against the company’s AI principals. However, Bezos says he remains optimistic and plans to move forward.
“This country is a gem. It’s amazing, it’s the best place in the world and it’s a place everyone wants to come. We are going to continue to support the DOD. One of the jobs of a senior leadership team is to make the right decision even if it’s unpopular…”
— Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
Amazon is now vying for a multi-million dollar contract with the Department of Defense to merge and host its data on the cloud.