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US Defense Industry Awards Major Contracts for Cloud and Satellite Comms

US Defense Industry Awards Major Contracts for Cloud and Satellite Communications

The US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Space Force have recently announced significant contract awards aimed at enhancing and modernizing the nation's defense capabilities. This article explores the details of these strategic contracts and their implications for US Defense. 

JWCC Enterprise Cloud Program

The Department of Defense has awarded over 80 task orders worth more than $600 million, for its Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC). JWCC is the Pentagon’s high-priority enterprise cloud effort, which has replaced the aborted JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) initiative.

In December 2022, companies including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle, and Google received awards under the JWCC program valued at $9 billion. These companies are now competing for the current task orders. 

The enterprise cloud program initiative is a key element of the DoD’s push for digital modernization. It is a critical component in enabling the Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) warfighting concept. 

This concept has the aim of integrating the platforms, sensors, and data streams of the US military, key international allies, and partners into a unified network to facilitate faster decision-making and enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency.

DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer, David McKeown, has indicated that the department is continuing on its journey for cloud. At DefenseTalks, he suggested that all services and agencies should rationalize their contracts for consuming cloud and take the first opportunity to move to JWCC. He noted that the department has had 84 task order awards so far, totalling $628 million. However, he did not provide a breakdown of these by company. 

CSCO Satellite Communications Contracts

The US Space Force’s Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO) has revealed details of satellite communications contracts worth a combined $1.7 billion which it expects to award over the next twelve months. Ten upcoming contract opportunities have been identified in a forecast to industry. However, the CSCO has warned that these are subject to change. 

The largest contract is worth almost $900 million over a seven year period. It is for secure satellite communications services for US government aircraft transporting the country’s highest ranking military leaders and officials, including the President, Vice President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State and other senior leaders. 

This contract will provide global satcom connectivity and services to ensure senior officials maintain communication capabilities during travel and operations around the world. 

Another significant contract is for the program known as US Marine Corps Enterprise Commercial Satellite Services and is worth a potential $505 million over a seven year period. The Marines are seeking satellite bandwidth across all commercially available frequency bands to provide global coverage in five regions. This includes worldwide Internet Protocol reach-back service, with access to commercial teleports and terrestrial connectivity to the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. 

In addition to these two large contracts, the Space Force anticipates other significant satcom acquisitions, including a potential $68 million deal for US Central Command network architecture and contingency requirements and a potential $55 million contract for National Guard Bureau C4I satellite services.


These recent US government contracts highlight the ongoing efforts to bolster and modernize US military capabilities through advanced satellite and cloud communications technologies. 

The JWCC and CSCO contracts aim to ensure that the US maintains a technological edge in modern warfare and secure communications. They are anticipated to play an important role in enhancing operational effectiveness, decision-making speed, and overall defense readiness and reflect a commitment to innovation and modernization in the face of evolving global threats.

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