The agreements will also support other Department of Defense organizations, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several Joint Combatant Commands for which the Air Force has executive responsibility. Microsofts Kolcun said that the consolidation of software and hardware product purchases across its enterprise will allow the Air Force to enhance IT operations globally through better management, policies and planning."It will be able to add integrated security and configuration management processes as well as baseline requirements that will have security and software feature settings specifically configured. The partnership will help the Air Force meet its goal of standardizing software capabilities to support core Air Force operations," he said.Another core element of the deal is security, with both the Air Force and Microsoft committing to work together to solve security concerns across the Air Forces global enterprise, Kolcun said. The Air Force will also now drive new methods of testing and upgrading software and increase overall sharing of best practices. For insights on security coverage around the Web, check out eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog. In addition, the services program will standardize desktop and server software configurations and streamline configuration management capability. "We at Microsoft will learn how to continually improve our technology as it is applied across a massive and truly global enterprise like the U.S. Air Force," Kolcun said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.