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The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


Rugged Box vs. Slot Card Systems for Tech Upgrades

CONTENTS August 2013

Volume 15

Number 8

SPECIAL FEATURE Rugged Box vs. Slot Card Systems for Tech Upgrades

10  Box-Level Systems Vie with Slot Cards for Upgrade Programs Jeff Child

18  Variety of Factors Influence Pre-Integrated System Decisions Christine Van de Graaf, Aaeon Electronics

TECH RECON Rugged Laptops, Workstations and Display Systems

24  Rugged Laptops and Workstations Enable a Net-Centric Military Jeff Child

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT Embedded Development Tools for the Military

32  Architecting for Interoperability Smoothes System of Systems Challenges Gordon Hunt, RTI


40  COM Express Rides Wave of Integrated Electronic Systems Jeff Child


COM and COM Express Boards Roundup

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COTS (kots), n. 1. Commercial off-the-shelf. Terminology popularized in 1994 within U.S. DoD by SECDEF Wm. Perry’s “Perry Memo” that changed military industry purchasing and design guidelines, making Mil-Specs acceptable only by waiver. COTS is generally defined for technology, goods and services as: a) using commercial business practices and specifications, b) not developed under government funding, c) offered for sale to the general market, d) still must meet the program ORD. 2. Commercial business practices include the accepted practice of customerpaid minor modification to standard COTS products to meet the customer’s unique requirements. —Ant. When applied to the procurement of electronics for the U.S. Military, COTS is a procurement philosophy and does not imply commercial, office environment or any other durability grade. E.g., rad-hard components designed and offered for sale to the general market are COTS if they were developed by the company and not under government funding.

Departments 6 Publisher’s Notebook Clock Ticks toward Sequestration’s Next Bite 8

The Inside Track


COTS Products

50 Editorial Beware the After-Thinker

Coming in September See Page 48 On The Cover: The M109 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) vehicle can accommodate additional armor protections and power more on-board electrical systems. It has a next-gen 155mm Howitzer artillery cannon that’s able to fire precision rounds. PIM fills the capability gap created by cancellation in 2009 of the Non-Line of Sight Cannon—a component of the Future Combat System program. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

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