The Pentagon has awarded its $13 billion contract to build its cloud computing network, splitting it among Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon.
Pentagon awards cloud contract to 4 firms
Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon will share in the Pentagon’s $US9 billion ($A13 billion) contract to build its cloud computing network.
The move was announced a year after accusations of politicisation over the previously announced contract and a protracted legal battle resulted in the military starting over in its award process.
The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability is envisioned to provide access to unclassified, secret and top-secret data to military personnel all over the globe.
It is expected to serve as a backbone for the Pentagon’s modern war operations, which will rely heavily on unmanned aircraft and space communications satellites, but will still need a way to quickly get the intelligence from those platforms to troops on the ground.