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COTS Journal has evolved over the years, and so have the sections of the magazine, below you’ll find articles from every magazine we’ve ever produced online, within the original section. Current sections are listed first with archived sections listed below.

Current Sections

COTS Products

The electronic and computer products our vendors provide are essential to the success of the military electronics industry. Every month we highlight and feature new and interesting products for our readers.

Editorial

COTS Journal isn’t just a technology magazine; it’s an essential resource for engineering and project managers watching the industry landscape. Our monthly editorial brings in-depth analysis, from our Editor-in-Chief, of issues important to those making decisions for their company’s future.

Publisher's Notebook

Pete Yeatman, Publisher of COTS Journal provides his analysis, outlook and input on the military and aerospace electronics market. Each month Pete provides important information on the direction and trends associated with computing in government programs.

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.

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 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.

The Inside Track

Stay up-to-date with the industries news and market activities. The Inside Track gives engineers and managers a current and objective look at the events of the military and aerospace industry as seen by our expert editorial staff.

Archive Sections

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.

Hardware Assets

The hardware assets are the backbone of any military / aerospace system. Hardware Assets, and archived section of COTS Journal explores the hardware technology essential to the stability and reliability of mil/aero systems.

Main Feature

Each month COTS Journal features a story, interview, product or technology in its Main Feature. These features are the focal point for their edition of the magazine. This is an Archive section.

Marching to the Numbers

On the Softer Side

If hardware is the backbone, software is the life-blood of any military / aerospace system. In our On the Softer Side section we focus on the implications, developments and benefits of software and its use within mil/aero systems. This is an Archive section.

Program Briefing

Without a clear understanding of the underlying government programs in development, navigating the engineering landscape can be tricky. Program Briefing, an Archive Section of COTS Journal, explores the underlying programs and their implications on technology development and adoption.

Special Section

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 is an Archive section that is currently published under 'Special Feature'.

System Development and Test

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. This is an Archive section that is currently published under 'System Development'.

Technology Focus

Test and Screening

This section is devoted to covering trends in ruggedized test and security screening. 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. This is an Archive section that is currently published under 'System Development'.