The Defense Department has awarded Microsoft Corp. with a two-year contract to create and operate its Cloud Strategy program.
“The contract will address critical and urgent unmet warfighter requirements for modern cloud infrastructure at all three classification levels delivered out to the tactical edge,” the Pentagon said in an Oct. 25 statement.
The award to Microsoft culminates an initiative that began with a Request for Information (RFI) two years ago. The process involved four potential bidders, and cleared review by both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Court of Federal Claims before garnering DoD approval. The base contract calls for a guaranteed base level of $1 million. User adoption during the two-year period could cost an estimated $210 million.
Pentagon officials believe the contract award will provide impetus to a significantly necessary program.
“The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our men and women in uniform,” Data Deasy, DoD’s chief spokesperson, said. “This award is an important step in the digital modernization strategy.”