While some Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) variants are slated for 2012 deployment, the program's Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) component was cut. However, SDR is still being embraced by industry and government, and commercial smartphone tech is soon to make an appearance therein.
COTS vendors, while concerned about extensive DoD budget cuts, see opportunities for retrofits, unmanned systems
Hardware upgrades and obsolescence in key areas may keep COTS on the DoD payroll.
For the first time, on September 26, 2006, the Military & Aerospace Electronics (MAE) Technical Conference and Exhibition presented The Future of Electronic Systems for Military and Aerospace at a historic venue west of London.