Microsoft has won a US$10 billion cloud contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD). The ten-year contract is part of Pentagon’s efforts to upgrade the military’s technology infrastructure.

“Today the DoD has taken another step forward in the implementation of our cloud strategy with the award of an enterprise general-purpose cloud contract to Microsoft,” said an official press release from the DoD. “This continues our strategy of a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment as the department’s needs are diverse and cannot be met by any single supplier. This 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 National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform,” said DOD chief information officer Dana Deasy. “The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy was created to support this imperative. This award is an important step in the execution of the Digital Modernization Strategy.”

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