The Pentagon announced it awarded Google, Oracle, Amazon and Microsoft contracts for its cloud computing network,
The wide-ranging contract will achieve a total value of $9 billion in multiple phases and is expected to be completed by June 2028.
The four companies will play a role in the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) — a capability designed to share unclassified, classified and top-secret data with military personnel around the world — in a move that has the Trump administration U-turning on suggesting a single company be in charge this project.
Pentagon Cloud Contract
The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), originally awarded to Microsoft in 2019, was later challenged by Amazon and Oracle, which formed part of the revised announcement.
According to the Pentagon, the contract was later canceled due to delays, meaning it no longer met the Department of Defense’s needs.
At this point, all four winning bidders made open bids in an effort to level the playing field, but then-GSA said only Amazon and Microsoft could meet the Pentagon’s demands.
Fast forward to December 2022, and Google, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft have secured arguably one of the most prestigious contracts. Like a job reference, backed by the U.S. Department of Defense, said a thousand words to each of the four companies involved with such sensitive and classified data.
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