COTS Electronics

January 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

U.S. Air Force personnel unload cargo from a C-17. A new database system based on commercial hardware and software will allow the Defense Logistics Agency to process requisitions and ship material to customers much faster than was possible in the past. 

The private sector is the font of innovation for military supply processes.

January 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

CCAT funded this prototype of a wireless surveillance camera that is currently being used by the San Diego Police Department. Developed by VivaMicro, the technology provides analytical capabilities such as unusual activity detection or suspicious thermal imaging activity detection.

Consortium quickens security product development.

January 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

DIMHRS will allow Pentagon staff to access service members' personnel records from a single database to determine the number of people in the service, their pay grades and the skills they possess.

Integrated system brings jointness to military human resources.

January 2004
By Edward Griswold

 

Tactical communications gear used during military operations in Southwest Asia, such as this satellite equipment, is being replaced by private contractors to free soldiers and more mobile military equipment for forward redeployment.

Long-haul operations require getting equipment out of the elements and into permanent structures.

January 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

Outside inspection helps with software, equipment interoperability.

A third-party testing and verification regimen allows program managers and directors to save time and money by efficiently integrating commercial systems into mission-critical environments. When it is initiated at the beginning of a program, the practice offers an additional means of detecting faults in systems before they are deployed.