Asymmetric Dialogue

Pentagon to Respond on Cloud Contract



The Pentagon says it's received 1,089 comments -- including submissions from 46 companies -- on its plans for a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract in a sign of the intense interest and sharp debate over a winner-take-all award that competitors say will favor Amazon.com Inc. Industry comments and questions, but not the names of the companies making them, will be posted along with the Defense Department's answers next week when a revised “request for proposal” is issued, according to a posting on a federal contracting website and a Pentagon spokeswoman. Comments also came from two trade associations and three government agencies.