Jeff Bezos has warned US military leaders that the United States is at risk of losing its superiority in technologies that have been the key to its national security.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of US military leaders and defense contractors, Amazon CEO suggested that China's attempts to steal an advantage in key technologies represented a new type of threat to US military supremacy, which for decades has been based on a clear technological superiority.
“Do you really want to plan for a future where you have to fight with someone as good as you are? "He asked the annual meeting at the Reagan presidential library. “This is not a sporting competition. You will not fight fairly. "
The Amazon boss designated space as an area where US leadership was in doubt. "We've had an advantage in space ̵
Commenting on the US aerospace sector, he said: "They are facing adversaries who are good at innovating. If you face adversaries who are good at innovating, you need to do more. "
Mr. Bezos's appearance before the top U.S. military leaders came two weeks after he sued the Pentagon for not awarding a contract to Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud computing arm, worth up to $ 10 billion.
The contract, to operate a single data platform to support all US military operations, instead went to Microsoft after an eleven-hour intervention by President Donald Trump – a decision Amazon claims was the result of bias. Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post, which has been fiercely critical of the president.
The Amazon boss did not comment on the Jedi contract. But he held a strong position in support of the US military, arguing that making the country's top private sector technology available to the Pentagon was important in preserving freedom and democracy. It was unlike any other technology company, especially Google, which has steered away from some type of military work following workers' complaints.
"My view is that if Big Tech turns its back on national defense, this country is in trouble," Bezos said. He referred to the protests of some technicians, adding: "I understand that people are emotional . But there is truth in the world. We are the good guys. "
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, has taken a similar stance, although he has faced protests from some employees over the company's work for the US government for national security.