The Pentagon, headquarters of the US Department of Defense (DoD), has reportedly announced that the DoD will be seeking limited bid requests from the nation’s tech giants to provide it with the latest cloud technology through a $10 billion contract.
The US military has called upon Amazon Web Services, Oracle, Microsoft, and Google to submit bids for the new multi-billion-dollar contract that will replace the controversial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract that was cancelled. The JEDI contract had been awarded to Microsoft in 2019, but the progress had been stalled as Amazon filed a lawsuit to protest the unfair win.
The new contract, Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract, is expected to be awarded around April of 2022.
A spokesperson from Amazon has stated that the company is committed to supporting the country’s military and will ensure that its defense partners and warfighters will have access to its best technology, adding that the company is looking forward to supporting DoD’s efforts in modernizing and building solutions to help accomplish its critical missions.
Pentagon’s former software chief, Nicolas Chaillan, who had resigned as a sign of protest against military’s slow pace of technological transformation, had revealed that the some of the US government departments had cyber defenses of ‘kindergarten level’ capability, and that military officials with no experience were being put in charge of cyber initiatives.
Chaillan further stated that China will be heading towards global dominance with its technological advances, adding that in 15 to 20 years US will have no competing chance in fighting against China, going as far as saying that it is a ‘done deal’ and already over in his opinion.
Conversely, China has accused US of operating illegal, as well as unethical cyber activities.
Senior Colonel Wu Qian, director and spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, claims that the US has conducted mass-scale surveillance, attacks, as well as espionage on foreign governments, companies and individuals for years.
Now it remains to be seen which of the nation’s leading cloud service providers would be able to snag the offered contract.