Re: This will mean...
You're both off the mark. When you're selling to a government and somebody comes along with a product that's comparable to yours you simply upgrade yours, and charge even more: 'The commoditization of certain technical products, and the resultant lower prices, correlates directly with the the advancement of other technologies. Yesterday's technology is no longer sufficient to deal with today's threats. Here's Gizmo 2.0, now with 35% greater costs'. Amateurs :)
While I was being lighthearted with the above, that's actually how it works, but the language in the contracts is tediously uninspired. Furthermore, the lowest cost provider is not going to be a factor here. My lifestyle would be radically different if cost was the primary factor in government procurement. While that's true with a lot of things they buy, it's not that way with lots of other things.
An agency doesn't have to reach very far to justify customized equipment, specifically designed with the needs of their mission in mind. If it's not already OTS kit in the GSA catalog then agencies have a tremendous amount of latitude in selecting the vendor using criteria that are never disclosed or made part of the competitive acquisition process.
All in all, it's all crap and has been since the end of WWII. Expect nothing to change for a long time.