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The editors and staff of COTS Journal are dedicated to providing the industry with the best quality technical material to help readers design and build embedded computers for the military - whether for benign applications or for the most rugged, mission-critical jobs the battlefield, sky or water can offer.

What differentiates COTS Journal from the rest of the pack - aside from its unique posture as the only technology publication addressing the military market - is the quality of its editorial staff. These seasoned veterans of computer, defense and publishing industries not only go the extra mile to provide the most up-to-date information in an easily readable form, but they themselves participate in the industry and are widely sought after to provide technology, market and trend briefings to the industry and government sectors.

We publish more pages of editorial content as a ratio to advertising than any of our nearest competitors. This feat is accomplished through a series of staff and contributed articles that meet the standards required by the readers and supported by our staff. No fluff or filler is tolerated.

COTS (kots), n. 1. Commercial off-the-shelf. Terminology popularized in 1994 within U.S. DoD by SECDEF Wm. Perry¹s ³Perry Memo² 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 customer-paid minor modification to standard COTS products to meet the customer¹s 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.


COTS Journal enjoys a broad readership of engineers and senior engineering management specializing in the development of embedded computers for government, military and aerospace applications.


COTS Journal is a technology-in-context book that looks at any embedded technology any-where it exists. Our editors assess the applicability of the world's best embedded research and standards, methodologies and products for government, military and aerospace applications. COTS Journal categorizes technology articles into a number of well-defined magazine departments:

Special Feature: As its name implies, articles in this section blend in-depth examinations of a key embedded computer or electronics technology trend and put it in context with the requirements of today’s military system designs. This section is typically the cover story for the issue.

Tech Recon: Military system designers may use much of the same basic technologies—embedded form-factors, processor architectures, fabric technologies and so on—as their commercial counterparts, but the way they look at them is very different. This section helps readers sort out which technologies offer the critical mass, market longevity and physical attributes necessary for defense designs.

System Development: No military embedded system can function until its software development and testing phases are put through rigorous test and development cycles. Military applications put extreme demands on both. This section is devoted to covering trends in operating systems, ruggedized test and security assurance. Articles here focus on EMI/RFI, shock and vibration testing and mitigation, cooling, HALT/HASS and a host of other hardware and software test-related technologies.

Tech Focus: This magazine department highlights a narrowly focused technology area and takes an in-depth look at associated products and developments. This will include tried-and-true technologies like boards and displays, along with topics such as data acquisition and conduction-cooled graphics modules.

COTS View: This off-calendar magazine department allows the editors to provide detailed coverage of areas that do not necessarily fit into any of the predefined calendar article series. This can include significant new technology not considered when the editorial calendar was assembled.