(MENAFN) A year after allegations of politicization over the previously announced contract and a protracted legal battle forced the military to start over in its award process, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, and Amazon is going to split the USD9 billion contract to build the Pentagon's cloud computing network.
The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability is designed to give military personnel around the world access to unclassified, secret, and top-secret data. It is expected to act as the foundation for the Pentagon's modern war operations, which is heavily going to rely on unmanned aircraft and space communications satellites but still require a means of quickly getting the intelligence from those platforms to troops on the ground.
The Pentagon announced in a statement that the contract is going to be awarded in pieces, with a total estimated completion date of June 2028.
There is fierce competition for large government and corporate cloud contracts, which are given to build global computing networks where data is stored, shared, and secured over the Internet rather than on local computer systems. Because it serves as a seal of approval in a market where ensuring a client's data security is important, the Pentagon's award is one of the most sought-after.
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