Pentagon to award $9B JWCC cloud contract mid-December

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TOWSON, Md. — The Pentagon is about to award a brand new $9 billion multi-vendor contract for its key navy cloud computing spine by mid-December after delaying the effort earlier this yr, officers from the Defense Information Systems Agency stated at this time. 

Sharon Woods, director of DISA’s Internet hosting and Compute Heart, informed reporters that officers “have a really excessive stage of confidence within the mid-December award” for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC), the successor to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract that was scrapped in 2021.  

Contracts have been initially anticipated to be awarded for JWCC in April, however after sending formal solicitations to Amazon Net Providers, Microsoft, Google and Oracle, the Pentagon determined to delay the contract award.

DoD Chief Data Officer John Sherman informed reporters in March that preliminary JWCC contracts can be a three-year base with two one-year choices adopted by a “full and open competitors for a future multi-cloud acquisition.” The brand new timeline shifts that future competitors to early 2026 as a substitute of 2025 and there can be particular person process orders awarded based mostly on mission proprietor necessities. JWCC goals to fulfill particular functionality gaps that span all classification ranges — unclassified, secret and prime secret. 

“So the timeline of the contract is that the unclassified surroundings can be out there 30 days after contract award, secret is 60 days out per contract award, after which prime secret is 180 days after contract award,” Woods stated. “Every of the distributors are in numerous ranges of maturity, and so some distributors must ship extra rapidly than others. However these are the necessities underneath the contract.”

The hope is that the navy companies will ultimately transition to JWCC, though that’s not a requirement at present. Woods added service-specific cloud packages are complementary to what the JWCC will ship.

DISA Plans To Make Award For ‘Foundational Part’ Of JADC2

In the meantime, DISA is on the point of make an award for the Electromagnetic Battle Management System, a situational consciousness software that goals to allow Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations cells and has been described as being a “foundational component” of the Pentagon’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) effort, by the top of fiscal 2023. 

“So we’re engaged on, in Q2 of [FY]23, releasing that [an Other Transaction Authority] with award on the finish of the yr and what I might say is, it’s attention-grabbing, you realize, we’re doing it in a two step style,” Jason Martin, director of DISA’s Digital Capabilities and Safety Heart, stated. “We’ve obtained the power to…present present data after which to have the ability to eat data to current this frequent image. Secondarily, it actually turns into the combination with the companies themselves to make sure we’re sharing that spectrum, battle administration planning, and the general data in a standard framework so everybody can see it.”

EMBS is a joint effort between DISA and the DoD CIO’s workplace that can be a “new step” from a spectrum perspective, Martin added. DISA launched a white paper request for EBMS final June and famous the Pentagon has by no means had a functionality prefer it earlier than. 

With EBMS, the purpose is to have a prototype that might advance EMS planning capabilities, enhance knowledge sharing and allow joint command and management of the EMS cells. The trouble is damaged down into four capability “levels” – situational consciousness, choice help, command and management and coaching help.