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DoDAF Tutorial, DoD Architecture Framework

DoDAF tutorial helps you to gain a big picture and general overview about DoDAF. This tutorial is useful for learning general concepts, definition, configuration, applications, and process of DoDAF. This tutorial acts as a learning map, demonstrating what you need to learn about DoDAF.

DoDAF Description and Background

Department of Defense Architecture Framework, DoDAF, was first invented by DoD to support the several demands of defense system and its components. DoDAF provides the architecture combined of the components of an organization, system, or enterprise to function as a unified model visualizing the links among the system components in reality. In fact, the DoDAF is the Enterprise Architecture structure used by DoD to develop and attain capability.

DoDAF Tutorial

DoDAF originally was developed as C4ISR Architecture Framework, with the title of DoDAF version 1.0. Though, before C4ISR’s, DoDAF could be considered as the outcome of the Zachman’s. However, the governmental base of DoDAF is originated form Clinger-Cohen Act, with exclusive guidance in the US Office of Budget and Management Circular (OMB) A-130.

Now that we know what DoDAF is and where it is originated from, let us talk about the main goal it is supposed to fulfill. The primary goal of DoDAF application, and other integrated enterprise architecture frameworks in general, would be to build solid and reliable connection of complex information. Such would help all the stakeholders to focus on the details of the enterprise that otherwise would have not been easy to see. DoDAF also allows managers to make wise, efficient decisions by providing them with a coherent and reliable way of information presentation.

Therefore, all the components of DoDAF are designed to serve this goal. In order to achieve more effective and efficient result, DoDAF has been refined and evolved for the past years, from its initial version to this day. Such modification has accomplished through three major versions of DoDAF; DoDAF version 1.0, DoDAF version 1.5, and DoDAF version 2.0, the latter of which is the most recent one. Although DoDAF 2.0 has been around for a while now, some of us are still using the older versions in our systems. If you are one of those who still are using DoDAF 1.0 or DoDAF 1.5, you may consider switching to the most updated to take the most out of it.

Components of DoDAF

  • All Viewpoint (required) (AV)
  • Capability Viewpoint (CV)
  • Data and Information Viewpoint (DIV)
  • Operation Viewpoint (OV)
  • Project Viewpoint (PV)
  • Services Viewpoint (SvcV)
  • Standards Viewpoint (STDV)
  • Systems Viewpoint (SV)
  • Models

DoDAF Viewpoints

  • AV-1: Overview and Summary Information
  • AV-2: Integrated Dictionary
  • CV-1: Vision
  • CV-2: Capability Taxonomy
  • CV-3: Capability Phasing
  • CV-4: Capability Dependencies
  • CV-5: Capability to Organizational Development Mapping
  • CV-6: Capability to Operational Activities Mapping
  • CV-7: Capability to Services Mapping
  • DIV-1: Conceptual Data Model
  • DIV-2: Logical Data Model
  • DIV-3: Physical Data Model
  • OV-1: High-Level Operational Concept Graphic
  • OV-2: Operational Resource Flow Description
  • OV-3: Operational Resource Flow Matrix
  • OV-4: Organizational Relationships Chart
  • OV-5a: Operational Activity Decomposition Tree
  • OV-5b: Operational Activity Model
  • OV-6a: Operational Rules Model
  • OV-6b: State Transition Description
  • OV-6c: Event-Trace Description
  • PV-1: Project Portfolio Relationships
  • PV-2: Project Timelines
  • PV-3: Project to Capability Mapping
  • SvcV-1 Services Context Description
  • SvcV-2 Services Resource Flow Description
  • SvcV-3a Systems-Services Matrix
  • SvcV-3b Services-Services Matrix
  • SvcV-4 Services Functionality Description
  • SvcV-5 Operational Activity to Services Traceability Matrix
  • SvcV-6 Services Resource Flow Matrix
  • SvcV-7 Services Measures Matrix
  • SvcV-8 Services Evolution Description
  • SvcV-9 Services Technology & Skills Forecast
  • SvcV-10a Services Rules Model
  • SvcV-10b Services State Transition Description
  • SvcV-10c Services Event-Trace Description
  • StdV-1 Standards Profile
  • StdV-2 Standards Forecast
  • SV-1 Systems Interface Description
  • SV-2 Systems Resource Flow Description
  • SV-3 Systems-Systems Matrix
  • SV-4 Systems Functionality Description
  • SV-5a Operational Activity to Systems Function Traceability Matrix
  • SV-5b Operational Activity to Systems Traceability Matrix
  • SV-6 Systems Resource Flow Matrix
  • SV-7 Systems Measures Matrix
  • SV-8 Systems Evolution Description
  • SV-9 Systems Technology & Skills Forecast
  • SV-10a Systems Rules Model
  • SV-10b Systems State Transition Description
  • SV-10c Systems Event-Trace Description

Each of the DoDAF viewpoints serves a particular purpose, covering the following:

  • General synopsis of information about the whole enterprise
  • Precisely condensate the information for a specific purpose
  • Knowledge about how various aspects of the enterprise are connected

As stated above, the key goal of DoDAF for DoD would be to develop and acquire capability. Below, we have outlined the capability-based of approach and analysis:

Capability-Based Approach and Analysis

  • Inject joint-ness from the top-down, to consolidate the joint war-fighting capabilities
  • Links the tactical guidelines to investment and gaining strategy
  • Provides a more accessible acquisition system
  • Integrates materiel and non-materiel solutions to the missing capability
  • Forms discussions of options using common language of metrics
  • Serves as an engine for force transformation
  • A capability is defined by Operational Activity Model + DOTMLPF Attributes + Operational Activity Sequence and Timing Descriptions
  • New SV-5 Matrix connects Operational Activities to System Functions, Operational Activities (in an operational thread) to Capabilities, and Capabilities to Systems

DoDAF Route

  • Identifying what exactly is the planned application of architecture
  • Defining the scope of architecture
  • Researching the data necessary for the architecture development
  • Gathering, classifying, comparing, & storing architectural data
  • Evaluating the data to fulfill the architecture objectives
  • Properly documenting the outcomes associated with the decision-maker needs

Highlighted Elements of DoDAF

  • System Engineering definition
  • System Engineering dictionary
  • System Engineering goals and applications
  • System architecture
  • System model, Modeling, and Simulation
  • Optimization
  • System dynamics
  • Systems analysis and design
  • System requirements engineering
  • Decision making
  • Architectural features
  • DoDAF 2.0 Viewpoints
  • DoDAF 2.0 Views
  • “Fit-for-Purpose” views
  • DoDAF v1.5 products migration to DoDAF 2.0
  • DoDAF System View (SV) and Services Viewpoints (SvcV)
  • DoDAF Version 2.02 viewpoint
  • Principles of architectures
  • V-Diagram

How Can You Learn More About DoDAF?

TONEX offers several hands-on training courses in the field of DoDAF. Browse through our catalogue to find the best training that fits your needs:

DoDAF 2 Training- Hands-on Project Based DoDAF Training

DoDAF Certification, Project-based Hands-on DoDAF Training Courses

DoDAF Training- DoDAF 2.02 Migration Training

DoDAF Workshop – Business Process Management with DoDAF 2.0

Enterprise Architecture Training

Introduction to DoDAF Training

MODAF (UK Ministry of Defence Architectural Framework) Training

NAF Training – NATO Architecture Framework

NASCIO Training – NASCIO Enterprise Architecture Development Training

Systems Engineering with DoDAF Training

DoDAF Tutorial