When it comes to building the US military's first "war cloud," Amazon and Microsoft are waging a war of their own.
The two companies are competing for the $10 billion opportunity to construct an enhanced computing system for the Pentagon.
According to The Associated Press, the battle has been fierce:
But that's only if the project isn’t derailed first. It faces a legal challenge by Oracle and growing congressional concerns about alleged Pentagon favoritism toward Amazon. Military officials hope to get started soon on what will be a decade-long business partnership they describe as vital to national security.
"This is not your grandfather's internet," said Daniel Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, a defense-oriented think tank. "You're talking about a cloud where you can go from the Pentagon literally to the soldier on the battlefield carrying classified information."