The Integrated Optics Rotation SEnsor (IORS) is a rugged, lightweight, and low cost gyro instrument which is currently being sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under funding from Small Business Innovative Research/Technology Reinvestment Program. It uses glass-on- silicon optical waveguide technology. The design of the IORS is quite simple, and can potentially be adapted to a number of military and commercial applications, including yaw rate sensing for an anti-skid safety device in automobiles, rotation rate sensing for robotics, weapon aiming,and guidance of smart munitions. The basic design is presented, along with preliminary performance specifications for an IORS prototype. The characteristics of the IORS is also compared to other gyros in terms of performance, size, weight, and price.