Tyler L. Davidson is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon) and is the principal attorney supporting Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) Department of Defense (DoD) team and key counsel to AWS’s National Security team. In this role, Mr. Davidson is responsible for bringing the DoD and Intelligence Community innovative solutions and programs that are central to the United States’ ability to maintain its technological advantage. Mr. Davidson’s work focuses on building strategic approaches to guide AWS’s National Security-focused business units and ensure AWS’s DoD and Intelligence Community customers are best positioned to defend our nation and meet their critical missions with greater speed and security.
This position also requires Mr. Davidson to have a deep understanding of the security standards and compliance certifications applicable to sensitive and classified information. Further, Mr. Davidson helps to ensure AWS’s offerings are not only designed and built to meet the requirements of accreditation regimes such as the DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide, Intelligence Community Directive 503, and Cybersecurity Maturity Model, but also the most stringent requirements of AWS’s National Security customers. Mr. Davidson also holds a leadership role in AWS’s on-going compliance efforts, both through helping establish AWS’s compliance programs and by performing annual reviews of AWS’s contracts with classified aspects. Mr. Davidson regularly briefs the Chief Executive Officers of Amazon and AWS, Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy respectively, as well as the Amazon and AWS Boards of Directors, and numerous other Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Directors across the company regarding high-profile, business-critical matters.
In addition to his work at AWS, Mr. Davidson is currently a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, most recently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Judge Advocate General’s ABA-accredited Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. While on the law school faculty, Mr. Davidson’s portfolio included, among other things, national security contracting, bid protests, Other Transaction Authority agreements, ethics in contracting, and organizational conflicts of interest. Mr. Davidson is currently awaiting order to join the U.S. Army’s 75th Innovation Command as a Technology Officer focused on helping private sector companies effectively develop and sell innovative technologies to the U.S. Army.
Prior to joining AWS and the Army Reserves, Mr. Davidson served as an active duty U.S. Army Judge Advocate. During his time on active duty Mr. Davidson served in a variety of roles, most notably as a Government Contracts Trial Attorney at the U.S. Army Contract and Fiscal Law Division and as a Government Contracts Field Attorney with the 408th Contracting Support Brigade. Throughout his time in the U.S. Army, Mr. Davidson advised hundreds of Commanders, Contracting Officers, and other contract support personnel on a myriad of topics, including operational matters, contract law and procurement strategy, and government ethics and regulatory requirements. Mr. Davidson also previously served as a National Security Law Fellow at the Case Western Reserve University Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, and as a Research Fellow in the Fredrick K. Cox International Law Center. Mr. Davidson holds a B.A. from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Law School.