The National Security Agency has awarded a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to Amazon, Nextgov reported Tuesday.
The contract, named “WildandStormy” according to protest filings obtained by the outlet, appears to be part of the NSA’s attempts to modernize its repository for classified data.
The award is being challenged by Microsoft, according to Government Accountability Office records.
Amazon referred questions about the contract to the NSA.
A spokesperson for the agency confirmed to The Hill that it “recently awarded a contract for cloud computing services to support the Agency” and that another company bidding for the contract has filed a protest.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that it is filing the protest “based on the decision.”
“We are exercising our legal rights and will do so carefully and responsibly,” they added.
Amazon’s cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, has previously won several intelligence community contracts.
It received a $600 million deal with the Central Intelligence Agency in 2013 to provide cloud services to the agency and the NSA.