New military procurement policy
commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
“Commercial off-the-shelf’ (COTS) and “non-development item” (NDI) are terms that we in the defense contracting industry are hearing every day. They are the watchwords of a bold new approach our Department of Defense is taking to the acquisition of tactical military systems. The challenge being issued to industry by the government is to find ways to integrate existing components into systems that will meet the rigorous demands of the combat environment.