Deploying Rugged COTS Systems in Battlefield Environments
September 14, 2022
It’s been nearly 30 years since the famous COTS memo was sent by then Secretary of Defense William Perry, stipulating the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components wherever and whenever possible in military systems. While COTS procurement is now an accepted form of doing business, the main challenges for COTS suppliers remain: taking commercial technology and enabling its use for extreme military environments while also managing the short life cycles of commercial solutions. Reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements have made the problems even more complex. In this webcast, industry experts share methods for ruggedizing COTS systems for extreme military applications and discuss how to manage the obsolescence headaches that come with COTS use.