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Definitions[]

Department of Defense[]

Off-the-shelf is

[p]rocurement of existing systems or equipment without a research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) program or with minor development necessary to make system suitable for DoD needs. May be commercial system/equipment or one already in DoD inventory.[1]

General[]

Off-the-shelf (OTS) components can be from commercial sources (COTS), government sources (GOTS), or open sources.

References[]

  1. Defense Acquisition University, Glossary, at B-125 (13th ed. Nov. 2009) (full-text).

See also[]

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