The Department of Defense has asked Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Google, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) to compete for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
“Our commitment to supporting our nation’s military and ensuring that our warfighters and defense partners have access to the best technology for the best value is stronger than ever,” said an AWS spokesperson. “We look forward to continuing to support the DoD’s modernization efforts and building solutions that help accomplish their critical missions.”
In July, DOD initially announced plans for the JWCC multivendor procurement effort after it decided to drop the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing program. The department plans to award JWCC contracts by the third quarter of calendar year 2022.
“We are confident that our market research was exhaustive and resulted in a fair and reasonable final determination,” said a spokesman for the Pentagon.
DOD expects JWCC to be a multibillion-dollar project with a base period of three years and two option years, according to a notice published Friday.
The department said the JWCC platform should provide available and resilient cloud services, compute, storage and network infrastructure, security, tactical edge compute and storage capabilities and advanced data analytics services, among other required capabilities.