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CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development

CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development training Course Description

CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development training course provides the techniques and knowledge to develop concepts of operations through commercial tools and methods. CONOPS training covers professional, technical, policy, and strategy of developing CONOPS.

CONOPS Training provides CONOPS definitions and the information a CONOPS should offer. CONOPS training also discusses the relationship and significance of the architecture development to CONOPS development. During the CONOPS training, our instructors teach you the methods to define the scope and system boundary through applying mission requirements, goals and objectives, accompanied by an operational context diagram.

You will also learn about the means to define the operational environments, constraints, and design drivers by using a real-life sample problem. In addition, this hands-on seminar offers an approach to derive a rational number of scenarios that explain the range and depth of the mission space. Assessment of the situations guarantees they are plausible.

CONOPS training will also help you understand how to synthesize, analyze, and assess key implementing concepts for the system and its elements. Plus, the training will teach you how to document the CONOPS and the System’s operational architecture. And finally, you will learn how to validate and baseline the system’s operational architecture.


TONEX CONOPS training course includes both theoretical and practical features. Participants will work with real-world scenarios through individual and group activities, labs, and hands-on workshops.


CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development is a 3-day course designed for:

  • Systems engineers
  • Requirements managers
  • Program and project managers

Training Objectives

Upon completion of CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development, the attendees are able to:

  • Comprehend the types of information that collectively define a problem
  • Capture and validate the information which defines the problem
  • Comprehend the distinctly different information content and purpose of on OCD (Operational Concept Description) and a CONOPS (concept of operations)
  • Comprehend the role of each of these documents in providing requirements documents, various forms of solution description, architectural structures such as DODAF, and to attainment
  • Develop basic skills in apprehending and validating requirements
  • Develop basic skills in preparing an OCD
  • Develop basic skills in preparing a CONOPS
  • Interact with users through CONOPS, OCDs, Operating Concepts (OPCONS) and Concepts of Employment (CONEMPS).
  • Understand the two types and five levels of CONOPS and when to use each
  • Develop critical and creative thinking skills

Course Outline


  • CONEMPS definition
  • CONEMPS background
  • CONEMPS applications
  • Problem definition, and developing a complete solution
  • Relationship between requirements document, OCD, architectural design description, CONOPS

Life Cycle Basis of Problem Definition & Solution

  • Problem description definitions
  • Requirement/threshold
  • Measure of effectiveness
  • Measure of performance
  • Target/goal/objective
  • Value (effectiveness) model
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Requirement importance
  • Requirements description

Concepts Related to Problem Description

  • Need
  • Want
  • Desire
  • Intent
  • Expectation
  • Constraint

CONOPS – Concept of Operation(s)/OSD – Operational Solution Description

  • Detailed design
  • Stakeholder
  • Verification
  • Verification requirement
  • Verification requirements specification
  • Validation

General Concepts of Problem Solving

  • Problem definition
  • Emergence
  • Divergence
  • Convergence
  • Systems thinking

Requirements Analysis for the Capability: OCD and SyRS Content

  • Goal of requirements analysis and its relationship to OCD
  • Relationship to CONOPS
  • Capture & validation methods
  • Context assessment, and relationship to OCD
  • States & modes analysis, and relationship to OCD
  • Parsing assessment and relationship to OCD
  • Functional assessment and relationship to OCD
  • Scenario assessment and relationship to OCD
  • ERA assessment and relationship to OCD
  • Out-of-range assessment and relationship to OCD
  • Value assessment and relationship to OCD
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Operational effectiveness vs overall effectiveness
  • Extracting information for an OCD and requirements document from users

Content and Purpose of an OCD

  • Applicants and uses of an OCD
  • Types of OCD
  • Fundamentals of regarding content
  • Apply cases, mission profiles, scenarios and the OCD
  • Relationship of the OCD to the requirements document
  • OCD standards and guides
    • Operational Concept Documents, DID DI-MCCR-80023, SDD Documentation Set
    • Concept Data Item Description, SMA-DID-P100, NASA Product Specification Document Standard
    • ANSI/AIAA G-043-1992, Guide for the Preparation of Operational Concept Documents
    • Operational Concept Description (OCD), DID DI-IPSC-81430, Data Item Descriptions for MIL-STD-498
    • IEEE Standard 1362, IEEE Guide for Information Technology – System Definition – Concept of Operations Document, 1998
    • ACC Instruction 10-650, Development and Use of Concepts of Operations, U.S. Department of the Air Force, 1998
    • Guide for the Preparation of Operational Concept Documents, ANSI/INCOSE/AIAA, G-043:2012
  • Who should be involved in OCD
  • Preparation of an OCD vs requirements document

Preparing an OCD

  • Effective OCD characteristics
  • Drawbacks of OCD preparation
  • Graphics of OCDs
  • How much detail should be in the OCD
  • Design content – when, and when not?
  • How to make an OCD development team
  • The users responsibilities
  • Advanced OCD
  • Spreading OCDs to other stakeholders

CONOPS/Operational Solutions Description

  • Content and purpose of a CONOPS
  • Relationship of CONOPS to overall solution
  • Styles of solution development
    • Key concepts
    • Relationships
    • Work products
    • Waterfall, incremental, evolutionary and spiral capability development approaches
  • Concepts of architecture
  • Functional modeling in CONOPS development
  • Return to physical solution development in CONOPS development
  • Decision making in CONOPS development
  • CONOPS document
  • Development of requirements and requirements specifications for elements of solution

Concepts of Architecture – Physical and Logical, in CONOPS Development

  • Physical architecture
  • The role of technology and innovation
  • Techniques for stimulating innovation in solution development
  • Application of design driven requirements
  • Perspiration engineering: configuration items
  • Requirements for selecting configuration items
  • Relationship of CI definition to future system integration
  • Rational architecture – basic concepts of model-based architecting
  • Rational architecture related to physical architecture
  • Useful forms of logical representation
  • Model-based design in practice

Functional Modeling in CONOPS Development

  • Functional modeling in CONOPS development
  • Functional assessment/architecture process
  • Item flow and control flow
  • Coupling, cohesion, connectivity
  • Drawbacks pf defining functions
  • FMECA in functional solution
  • Performance thread assessment
  • SysML, and alternative languages incorporating behavior modeling
  • Software tools supporting functional and physical solution
  • Functional solution development drawbacks

Return to Physical Solution Development in CONOPS Development

  • Facilities, procedures, people, and other types of solution element
  • Common downsides in developing CONOPS
  • Supplementing the detail to the solution
  • Solution creates requirements – the duality of requirements and solution
  • Interface engineering
  • Evolution of interfaces in solutions having levels of structure
  • Interface requirements specifications vs interface design descriptions
  • Common downsides in interface engineering

Decision Making in CONOPS Development

  • Developing solutions or feasibility
  • Solution development for effectiveness: approach to solution optimization
  • MOEs and goals
  • Applying a value (system effectiveness) model
  • Considering the associated risks relating
  • Considering the risk relating to satisfaction of requirements
  • Event-based uncertainty
  • Risk-aversion
  • Cost/feasibility, return on investment and like concepts
  • Iterative optimization of solution – an effective methodology
  • Software tools supporting CONOPS decision making
  • Common downsides in CONOPS development

CONOPS Training, Concepts of Operations Development

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