Bob Barr: Cronyism at the DoD puts national security at risk

Amazon already has the CIA on its cloud. Perhaps spreading the federal IT cloud around to multiple contractors, even at the cost of efficiency, would be wiser than throwing in completely with Amazon.

It is worth noting that Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, often a target of president Trump, in addition to controlling Amazon.

(From The Daily Caller)

The famous adage admonishing us not to “put all your eggs in one basket,” may seem childish and outdated to 21st-century brainiacs at the Department of Defense, but it is in fact as relevant today as when it was authored anonymously in the mid-17th Century. And yet, such a mistake is precisely what Defense Secretary James Mattis appears hell-bent to make, as he moves to award a sole-source, multi-year, and multi-billion-dollar contract to Amazon for the Department’s cloud computing needs for at least the next decade.

In the view of many knowledgeable observers, the move appears predicated on an overly cozy, some might say “crony,” relationship between Defense Department leaders and one of the world’s richest men, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

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