General Dynamics has been awarded a NATO contract to bring the alliance to cloud-based IT.

Under the five-year NATO Communications and Information Agency contract, which has a potential value of $140 million, General Dynamics will "deliver the most significant upgrade to the organization's technical infrastructure in decades," according to a General Dynamics news release.

"General Dynamics will partner with the NCI Agency to implement a fully-modern, private cloud-based infrastructure that will improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of NATO's IT enterprise," the company said. "This will be accomplished through a series of IT modernization phases, including: updating obsolete IT infrastructure; implementing NATO-wide continuity and disaster recovery capabilities; clarifying service levels in cloud computing terms; enhancing information security measures; increasing operational agility by enabling the dynamic reallocation of resources; and reducing [operation and maintenance] costs through the streamlining of management and operations."

General Dynamics will also "implement multiple Service Operations Centers that will enable real-time command and control of NATO-provided IT services. Work on this contract will be based in Belgium and performed across many of the 28 NATO member nations."