Date: June 18, 2014 – 5:10 pm – 7:30 pm

Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, June 18th, 5:10 – 7:30 PM

Topic: Understanding DoDAF 2.02

Presenter:  S. Brian Weis, Northrop Grumman

Location: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,  San Diego, CA 92123

This meeting will offer all of us the chance to become more familiar with the DoDAF System Model as being widely used by DoD and other agencies. We will get an understanding of the changes from DoDAF v1 to DoDAF v2.

Presentation Abstract:

The Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) is the framework and conceptual model for Department of Defense (DoD) programs to construct their architectures of shared Joint Capability Areas (JCAs), Missions Threads, Components, and Scoping.

The purpose of DoDAF is to define concepts and models usable in DoD’s six core processes:

  1. Capabilities Integration and Development (JCIDS)
  2. Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE)
  3. Acquisition System (DAS)
  4. Systems Engineering (SE)
  5. Operations Planning
  6. Capabilities Portfolio Management (CPM)

The high-level, 6-step architecture development process provides guidance to the architect and Architectural Description development team and emphasizes the guiding principles. The process is data-centric rather than product-centric (e.g., it emphasizes focus on data, and relationships among and between data, rather than DoDAF V1.0 or V1.5 products). This data-centric approach ensures concordance between views in the Architectural Description while ensuring that all essential data relationships are captured to support a wide variety of analysis tasks. The views created as a result of the architecture development process provide visual renderings of the underlying architectural data and convey information of interest from the Architectural Description needed by specific user communities or decision makers.

DoDAF V2.02 provides for models and views. DoDAF-described Models are those models that enable an architect and development team whose data has already been defined and described consistent with the DM2. The models become views when they are populated with architectural data. These models include those previously described in earlier versions of DoDAF, along with new models incorporated from the MODAF, the NATO NAF, and TOGAF that have relevance to DoD architecture development efforts.


Brian Weis is a System Requirements and Architect Manager with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the past seven years working on the Unmanned Systems High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) and Fire Scout programs.  He has been a System Architect for fourteen years supporting requirements and architecture development on US Army WIN-T, Future Combat Systems (FCS) programs, and the US Navy NMCI program.

He has developed Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) products.

He was a US Marine for nearly eight years as a Communications Technician were he got his inspiration for system architecture.

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