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The Rugged Insider, Vol. 3                                                July 2012


Happy Independence Day!


This month, we take a look at Commercial Off the Shelf products (COTS).  They’ve created a revolution in Defense procurement and a few headaches along the way.  Our Executive Briefing examines the Good, Bad, and the Ugly of COTS. We also link to related articles about security and counterfeiting risks.


See you next month!


Quote of the Month


A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.


       -Emo Phillips                


Executive Briefing

COTS – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This month’s Executive Briefing reviews the pluses and minuses of the Department of Defense’s drive to buy more COTS products.


Read Article Here



Ask the Expert


Are nits the only important rating for hi-bright display?


Is a computer with a high nits number always brighter than one with a low nits number?


Read Answer Here



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Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip


Did China’s feared cyberwarriors really put a backdoor in a processor used in American’s weapons?  Nah, but it’s still a scary story.


Read Article Here


Cost Cutting Breeds Counterfeits in U.S. Weapons


Well known authority Peter W. Singer teams up with a Chinese counterpart to discuss the problem of counterfeit COTS parts. Instead of media’s usual superficial analysis, we get two experts discussing a complex problem.  Do you think it’s a trend that will catch on?


                                                Read Article Here


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