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CIA Opens Competition for Lucrative Cloud Deals to Amazon Rivals

  • Government posts draft requirements for new cloud contracts
  • Program builds on $600 million deal awarded to Amazon in 2013
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Photographer: Jim Young/Bloomberg

The Central Intelligence Agency is planning to hire multiple companies for lucrative cloud computing deals in a new program that will give rivals a chance to take on market leader Amazon.com Inc.

The U.S. government posted draft requirements this week for new CIA contracts that aim to build on commercial cloud capabilities the intelligence community first gained through a $600 million contract awarded to Amazon in 2013, according to documents presented to industry and obtained by Bloomberg News.