Amazon hosts the Defense Department’s most sensitive data

A few years ago we wrote about the fact that the CIA’s cloud floats in Amazon’s ether. At that time it was a $600 million contract. It’s probably more now.

By the way Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s head, owns the The Washington Post.


Already, DoD is using AWS to host sensitive, mission-critical workloads, including the operational control system for the Global Positioning System. The provisional authorization allows military customers an easier route to use AWS for a variety of other IT services.

In total, three commercial companies—AWS, IBM and Microsoft—are now able to host and store the military’s most sensitive unclassified data. AWS has expanded its defense business, it remains the dominant cloud service provider in the intelligence community by virtue of its $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. AWS’ C2S cloud hosts classified information for the 17 intelligence agencies.

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