For systems that depend on COTS
products, the evaluation and selection of appropriate products is essential to the success of the entire system.
In recognition of the steep cost of software development and maintenance, COTS
is being mandated across many government and business programs, so the buy-or-build decision may not be an option.
testing is focused on operational assessments, followed by formal initial operational test and evaluation once operationally ready.
The BCS3 development team changed the hardware from a 942-pound Unix[R]-based system into a 6-pound COTS
laptop that uses a standard Microsoft Windows[R] operating system.