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The Boeing Co., which has its corporate headquarters in Chicago, is reportedly at the center of a bidding war between Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a cloud computing contract. (Boeing Photo)

Amazon, Microsoft and Google are involved in a bidding process to provide Boeing with cloud computing services, a contract that’s expected to be worth at least $1 billion over several years, The Information reports.

Today’s report is attributed to four people with knowledge of the matter. We’ve reached out to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as well as Boeing, but this is typically something such companies doesn’t talk about publicly during negotiations — as The Information found out. (For what it’s worth, representatives of Google Cloud and Microsoft sent us “no comment” emails.)

The Information says AWS considers the Boeing contract “a must-win deal.” Andy Jassy, who’s currently in charge of AWS’ cloud business and is due to take over as Amazon’s CEO on July 5, is reportedly directly involved in the process.

Microsoft and Amazon are already involved in a high-stakes competition for the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract. That contract was awarded to Microsoft in 2019 but is facing challenges from Amazon.

This month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Defense is thinking about “pulling the plug” on the contract because of the legal wrangling and political controversy surrounding the award.

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