It’s an IT contract that isn’t an IT contract — a commercial cloud computing procurement that Department of Defense officials are touting as a means to revolutionize the military’s ability to effectively execute missions and protect the homeland.

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud — a single indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that could be worth billions over the next decade — will be potentially the largest cloud vehicle for the Pentagon, and a draft request for proposals is now open to feedback.

“This is going to be more than an IT system. It’s not email, this is not cloud storage, it’s not data transfer. This is about how us and you together are going to change the way that this nation, its soldiers, its sailors, its marines and airmen fight and win our nation’s wars,” said Brig. Gen. David Krumm, deputy director for requirements for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, speaking at a March 7 JEDI cloud industry day.

“If you’re a student of military history, you know that lives have been saved and lost and that battles and wars have been won or lost based on bad, no or late information.”