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By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has delayed its decision to award an enterprise-wide Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract that could be valued at $9 billion from December to April, the director said on Tuesday. information from the Pentagon.

Proposals from four companies are being evaluated: Alphabet’s Google, Oracle Corp, Microsoft Corp and Amazon Web Services, Pentagon Chief Information Officer John Sherman told reporters.

“It’s going to take us a little longer than expected,” Sherman said, adding that the workload to evaluate multiple proposals simultaneously was heavy.

Up to four winners could be selected, with the combined value of the contracts up to $9 billion over five years if all options and extensions were exercised, Sherman said.

The JWCC is the multi-cloud successor to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), which was an IT modernization project to build a large common commercial cloud for the Department of Defense.

While the Trump administration wanted a single cloud computing provider for the Department of Defense, as planned by JEDI, the Biden administration canceled it in favor of splitting the project among several companies.

Such a move would bring the military more in line with private sector companies, many of which split their cloud computing work across multiple vendors to avoid being locked into a specific vendor.

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