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Architecture Data

APMT 006


Facts, characteristics, and concepts that define the structure of a system and the interrelationships between its parts and its environment. The data is created in a manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by humans or by automatic means. For complex systems, a framework of conventions, principles and practices is used for organizing and presenting the architecture data within a specific domain of application or community of stakeholders. The Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) is one example.

Alternate Definition
DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) - The Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) is the overarching, comprehensive framework and conceptual model for architectural descriptions developed within the DoD. This framework helps Department of Defense (DoD) managers at all levels make effective decisions by ensuring the sharing of consistent and common information across the Department, Joint Capability Areas (JCAs), missions, components, and programs. The DoDAF helps the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) develop and maintain architectures required by the Clinger-Cohen Act. It also fulfills guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Departmental directives and instructions. (Source: DoDAF V2.02, Introduction) DoDAF 2.02 focuses on architectural "data", rather than on developing individual "products" as described in previous versions. In general, data can be collected, organized, and stored by a wide range of architecture tools developed by commercial sources. It is anticipated that these tools will adopt the DM2 PES for the exchange of architectural data. (Source: DoDAF V2.02, Introduction)
General Information

DoDAF Architecture Development 6-Step process .  



(Source: DoDAF V2.02 Architecture Development Process)


(Link to 6-Step Figure:  DoDAF 6-Step Process)


Developing Architecture Data during Capabilities Based Assessment. 


(Source: JCIDS MANUAL – 18 December 2015 Page C-B-4)


DoDAF views and associated data provide a structured means to document data associated with the CBA and more easily leverage and update data when developing capability requirement documents as shown in Figure C-B-1