This contract covers support for the entire range of Microsoft software, including Windows, Exchange, SQL and Sharepoint, which run on 550,000 Air Force computers. It’s probably worth a bundle.
In fact, even though the Air Force did not deign to provide its Microsoft support costs – or the length of time the contract will run – it did say the Navy estimates its costs for a similar support contract with Microsoft at $1.8 billion.
Software support contracts do not fall into the category of military secrets. The Air Force should have released the cost along with the contract notice.