A $10 billion contract called JEDI was just handed to Microsoft after an aggressive bidding war. Additional eager tech giants vying for the deal included Amazon, Oracle and IBM. Over the last year, Microsoft has “positioned itself as a friend to the U.S. military.”

The cloud, “will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the U.S. military to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.” Military officials are eager to get started on the partnership “they describe as vital to national security.”

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Amazon was “considered an early favorite” because of its existing high-security cloud contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. A document unveiled by the Defense Department last year demonstrates just how powerful and seemingly necessary the cloud strategy is. The document called for replacing the military’s “disjointed and stove-piped information systems” with the cloud service because it “will empower the warfighter with data and is critical to maintaining our military’s technological advantage.”

“This is not your grandfather’s internet” said Daniel Goure, Vice President of the defense-oriented think tank the Lexington Institute. “You’re talking about a cloud where you can go from the Pentagon literally to the soldier on the battlefield carrying classified information.”

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