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Is AWS expanding its CIA cloud to Army intell?

The CIA cloud – hosted by Amazon Web Services -- may be expanding to an Army intelligence agency and then to the rest of the service's intelligence operations.

In a new sources sought notice, the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Agency said it plans to issue a task order against the U.S. Intelligence Community Commercial Cloud Services infrastructure contract known as C2S.

The National Ground Intelligence Agency is a research organization that works in many areas, including aeronautics to robotics to visualization products. One priority includes counter-improvised explosive device efforts.

According to a request for information, the National Ground Intelligence Agency will lead the Army’s effort to implement the architecture and required services for Army military intelligence to adopt the CIA cloud on the "Top Secret," "Secret" and "Unclassified" domains.

The agency will manage account management, architecture, networking and core services.

This task order is in response to a directive by the Director of National Intelligence that all intelligence community elements move legacy applications and systems and data housing and storage to the AWS provided cloud.

The RFI says that the task order will be for 12 months.

While technically there is a comment period, the Army published the notice on May 2 and comments were due May 4.

The expansion comes as the Defense Department looks to procure platform and infrastructure as a service through a $10 billion cloud contract known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. AWS is considered a front-runner for the "JEDI" contract, which will be a single award.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.


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