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DoDAF (Department of Defense Architecture Framework) is a foundation for representing and developing architecture descriptions.

These are generally architecture descriptions that possess a common denominator for understanding, comparing and especially integrating different architectures across organizational, joint or multinational boundaries.

DoDAF is an architecture that must be followed by all joint agencies and contractor organizations working for the DoD in order to facilitate better integration and compatibility of resources, such as enterprise information systems and defense and weapon systems.

All US DoD weapons and IT systems acquisitions are required to develop and document their enterprise architectures in accordance with the guidelines set in the DoDAF.

DoDAF is designed to enable you to describe the structure of, and the relationships between, the components of an operational environment. To do this, DoDAF defines elements such as nodes, needlines, services and information exchanges. It then provides rules that you use to model an operational environment to demonstrate how nodes cooperate and interact with each other to meet a mission objective.

The objective of DoDAF is to concretely define models and concepts that are usable in the DoD’s core processes:

  • Joint Capabilities and Integration Development (JCIDS)
  • Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE)
  • Defense Acquisition System (DAS)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)
  • Operational Planning (OPLAN)
  • Capability Portfolio Management (CPM)

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Introduction to DoDAF Training, a 3-day course that  provides comprehensive information about the concepts, background, principals, and techniques of DoDAF. Introduction to DoDAF training will discuss the viewpoints, models, and DM2. 

Introduction to DoDAF training course teaches you about architecting processes, methods, and thought patterns at a practical level. This hands-on training also will provide you an overview of the models of DoDAF 2.

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