Designing for forward and backward compatibility is key to managing obsolescence
The military and defense community struggles with the issue of obsolescence as it works to accept new designs for COTS products. This environment requires suppliers, especially smaller ones, to innovate or die. But the outlook is not bleak for companies that are able to produce products with high value to the defense market. In an era of declining budgets, service-life extension of systems is critical to maintaining the operational availability of every ship and aircraft.
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