CIA Awards Secretive Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Computing Deal

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The Central Intelligence Agency has awarded a secretive multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract to multiple U.S. cloud computing companies, which will deliver storage, processing, and add-on services, such as machine learning, for U.S. spy agencies over the next 15 years.
“We are excited to work with the multiple industry partners awarded the Intelligence Community (IC) Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) Cloud Service Provider (CSP) contract and look forward to utilizing, alongside our IC colleagues, the expanded cloud capabilities resulting from this diversified partnership,” CIA spokesman Luis Rosello wrote in an email to Bloomberg Government.
The contract will be available to all 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence sector and could generate “tens of billions” of dollars in spending over its lifespan, according to a 2019 CIA briefing to industry.
Separate reports from Federal News Network and Nextgov named five awardees on C2E: Amazon Web Services Inc., Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp., and Google Inc. The CIA would not confirm how many companies received awards or who the awardees were.
Representatives from those companies have also been tight-lipped about the contract. Amazon spokesman Douglas Stone wouldn’t confirm the company’s win, but acknowledged its ongoing …

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