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Jeff Bezo's chides rivals, says Amazon wants to continue to work with Pentagon



Jeff Bezos says Amazon.com Inc. does not want to be one of them.

"If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble. "
                  


Jeff Bezos
                          

Speaking in San Francisco at the event for Wired's 25th anniversary Monday, Amazon's chief executive said he had baffled that some companies have cut Pentagon ties after employee dissent.

"We are going to continue to support the DoD, and I think we should, "Bezos said.

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has faced internal criticism for some of its work with the U.S. government, including facial recognition software that could fear feared being misused. Fellow tech giant Alphabet Inc.

                            
                            
                                  
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
                            
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Last week withdrew from the bidding process for a lucrative cloud computing contract with the Pentagon – which Amazon is still the running for It would clash with the company 's principles. Microsoft Corp.

                            
                            
                                  
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
                            
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employees have urged their company not to bid for military contracts, citing ethical reasons. And over the summer, Alphabet's said it would not renew a Pentagon's contract for artificial intelligence that could have been used for lethal purposes, after […]

But Bezos said tech companies can not go away from the government over political differences. "I know everybody's conflicted about the current politics in this country," he said.

Bezos's private space company, Blue Origin, recently announced a major government contract to supply rockets for Pentagon satellite launches.


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