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AWS, Google, Microsoft, Oracle Winners In Pentagon JWCC Contract

Wade Tyler Millward

‘No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued,’ according to the DoD statement.

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A competition among the largest cloud vendors for a multibillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Defense has resulted in Google, Oracle, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft each receiving hybrid contracts with ceilings of $9 billion.

The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contracts are described as having firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials, indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity terms, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) statement Wednesday.

“No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued,” according to the statement.

[RELATED: US Army Plans $1B Cloud Contract]

What is JWCC?

CRN has reached out to Microsoft, AWS, Oracle, Google and the DoD for comment.

AWS will perform its work in Seattle while Microsoft, Oracle and Google will perform their work in Reston, Va., according to the DoD. The vendors should finish their work by June 8, 2028.

“The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge,” according to the DoD. “The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability will allow mission owners to acquire authorized commercial cloud offerings directly from the Cloud Service Providers contract awardees.”

The JWCC project is the multi-cloud successor of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project, which became bogged down in politics and legal woes over the summer.

Microsoft alone won the original JEDI contract in October 2019, but it was shelved months later “due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI cloud contract no longer meets its needs,” the Pentagon said in a statement at the time.

AWS filed a lawsuit following the contract award. The company alleged that the Pentagon erred in its technical evaluation of cloud providers’ bids for the contract, and that the White House under the Trump administration — including former President Donald Trump himself — had undue political influence on the bid selection process.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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