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Are Coordinated Roadmaps for Compound Semiconductor Based Technologies Needed? A Proposal for Smarter Investments



Herbert S. Bennett, Christopher M. Snowden, R. V. Atta


A necessary, but not sufficient condition for the success of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) defense procurement requires improved coordinated planning and priority setting between those in primarily commercial organizations and those in primarily defense organizations. This is especially true for defense systems that contain technologies based on compound semiconductors. The needs to increase the awareness of decision makers about the challenges associated with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement and to enhance the consensus-based planning efforts for successful COTS procurement by the defense organizations or establishments are discussed. Procedures for increasing the probability for successful, knowledge based investments to support defense procurement are given. Within the context of these procedures, a proposal to identify compound semiconductor technology challenges in wireless, real-time digital video communications networks is used to illustrate that coordinate planning between commercial and defense organizations is worthwhile.
Future Trends in Microelectronics: The Road Ahead
Publisher Info
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.,


analog to digital converters, compound semiconductors, consensus based planning, digital video, transistors


Bennett, H. , Snowden, C. and Atta, R. (1999), Are Coordinated Roadmaps for Compound Semiconductor Based Technologies Needed? A Proposal for Smarter Investments, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created June 30, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021