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After canceling its $10bn JEDI contract with Microsoft last year, the Pentagon has now awarded a new $9bn contract to four tech giants that will build its cloud-computing network

The contract, formerly named JEDI but now called the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC), has been awarded to Amazon Web Services, Google Support Services, Microsoft, and Oracle. 

The Department of Defense in 2019 awarded Microsoft the $10bn, 10-year JEDI contract to Microsoft but, following a lawsuit brought by AWS, the DoD terminated the JEDI with Microsoft contract in July 202. In November, the DoD asked AWS, Microsoft, Google and Oracle to bid for the new JWCC deal. 

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JWCC is a multiple-award contract vehicle under which the DoD can acquire commercial cloud capabilities and services directly from the winners “at the speed of mission, at all classification levels, from headquarters to the tactical edge”, the Pentagon said in an announcement. That means it can contract services that provide military personal with access to unclassified, secret and top-secret data. 

DoD can choose services, such as elastic computing, storage, network infrastructure, advanced data analytics, fortified security, and tactical edge devices, the announcement said. According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon said the completion date of the contract will be June 2028.  

With four vendors in place, the Pentagon has opted for a multi-cloud arrangement rather than placing its eggs all in one basket. 

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