How Biden’s massive spending hits US defense budget
Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane explains how the president’s spending spree could make US less secure on ‘FOX Business Tonight.’
The Department of Defense has issued a formal solicitation for Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Oracle to bid for its Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract.
GOOGLE TO PURSUE PENTAGON CLOUD-COMPUTING CONTRACT
The JWCC contract is a replacement for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which aimed to give the military better access to data from remote locations using cloud technology. Unlike JEDI, the JWCC allows the Pentagon to select multiple cloud providers.
The JEDI contract, which was expected to be worth $10 billion over 10 years, was awarded to Microsoft in October 2019 and subsequently protested by Amazon Web Services, who argued that the Pentagon's process was flawed, unfair, and improperly influenced by then-President Donald Trump's dislike of Amazon and its then-CEO Jeff Bezos. In July, the agency cancelled the contract, explaining that it no longer met its needs due to "evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances."
While the value of JWCC contracts are unknown, the Department of Defense anticipates a multi-billion dollar ceiling will be required.
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE
The Pentagon intends to award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to "all Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) that demonstrate the capability to meet DoD’s requirement."
However, the General Service Administration's notice emphasizes that AWS and Microsoft are the only ones currently capable of meeting those requirements, including providing cloud services at all levels of national security classification.