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Pentagon Kicks Off Competition for Multibillion-Dollar Cloud-Computing Contract

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After months of scrutiny, complaints, and at least one legal action, a group of Pentagon leaders has sought to assure the country's top technology companies that the competition to build an Internet cloud network for the U.S. Department of Defense would be an open and fair competition.

Speaker after speaker in a packed hotel ballroom in Pentagon City on Wednesday (March 7) stressed that the Defense Department needs to upgrade its often-antiquated technology as a matter of urgent national security, and they insisted the program had the attention of the agency's top leaders.

"This is not another IT project," Air Force Brig. Gen. David Krumm said during the meeting, "Whichever one of you wins this, am I am challenging you to bring your A-game."

The Pentagon's plans to pick a single winner has alarmed industry officials who fear the losers could be locked out of a multibillion-dollar program for a decade or more.

From The Washington Post
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