Congress May Be Making the Pentagon Amazon's Next Big Customer

Nextgov: Buried within the 2,000-page National Defense Authorization Act is an amendment that could offload a significant chunk of the $53 billion the Defense Department spends annually on commercial products to an e-commerce platform.

Dubbed the “Amazon amendment," the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act made it through conference negotiations that merged the Senate and House versions of the $700 billion NDAA last week. Lawmakers made changes that eased some—but not all—industry concerns that the House version of the bill stacked the growing defense spending deck in favor of the Seattle-based retail giant.

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