May 26, 2024

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Pentagon splits giant cloud contract among Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Oracle – GeekWire

Pentagon splits giant cloud contract among Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Oracle – GeekWire

The Pentagon. (Flickr Photo / David B. Gleason cc2.0)

Correction: This story previously misstated the total value of the contracts.

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded cloud contracts with a combined potential value of up to $9 billion to Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Oracle, expanding and splitting up work that has been a past lightning rod of controversy.

“The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge,” the DoD said in each award notice.

It added, “The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability will allow mission owners to acquire authorized commercial cloud offerings directly from the Cloud Service Providers contract awardees.”

JWCC is a successor to JEDI, a $10 billion contract that was awarded to Microsoft in 2019, to the surprise and dismay of Amazon, which appealed the Trump-era decision in a lengthy court case.

The Pentagon cancelled JEDI last year, opting for a multi-cloud approach, leveraging multiple vendors, in what has become a common industry practice.

The award notices describe the work as a hybrid contract with a combined ceiling of $9 billion total across all four vendors, with funds allocated based on individual orders from within the agency. The completion date is listed as June 8, 2028.