MODAF Sustainment Guidebook

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1.1 Enterprise Architectures and Frameworks

5. MOD’s adoption of Network Enabled Capability (NEC)1 as its means of integrating existing capabilities into a coherent system of systems is an ambitious exercise in managing both complexity and change throughout the enterprise. Modern warfare is fast changing and the systems that technology is now making available are in themselves faster, more complex and more adaptable than ever before. The combination and orchestration of these systems in concert with operational planning introduces a level of complexity never before experienced in the Ministry of Defence.

6. To assist decision-makers, MOD has decided to adopt the MOD Architecture Framework (MODAF) as a means of abstracting essential information from the underlying complexity and presenting it in a way that maintains coherence and
consistency. One of the principle objectives is to present this information in a way that is understandable to the many stakeholder communities involved in developing, delivering and sustaining capability through life.

7. MODAF is an Architectural Framework which has been designed to meet the specific business and operational needs of the MOD. It defines a way of representing an Enterprise Architecture which enables stakeholders to focus in on specific areas of interests in the enterprise, whilst retaining sight of the “big picture”. In essence it enables decision-makers to manage complexity by splitting the problem space into manageable pieces – defined in the framework as “Views”. The views are categorised under Viewpoints by their perspective (e.g. operational, technical, etc.).

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1. An ‘effects based approach’ to military operations demands that we combine military capabilities in time and space, to an ever increasing tempo, in order to achieve the desired outcome. To achieve this, we must master the complex interaction of weapons, platforms, sensors and people, in order to maximise their combined strengths and to minimise any potential weaknesses. We seek to do this through our adoption of Network Enabled Capability, integrating existing capabilities into an increasingly coherent system of systems.
2. At the same time, perpetual pressure on Defence spending means that we must seek maximum return on our investments and drive inefficiency out of our operations.
3. Our greatest enemy in this regard is complexity and we must find effective ways to overcome it. One key to achieving the simplicity we seek is to focus on the decision-making process and the information flows that must support effective decision making and subsequent action.
4. MODAF offers invaluable assistance in our struggle for simplicity, as it provides a common language and common formats for the capture and shared use of trusted data. It is therefore my intent that we adopt an architectural approach, grounded in MODAF, to our day-to-day business. This Deskbook explains how you can begin to use MODAF to articulate your business in a manner that will aid collective understanding, increase efficiency and enhance effectiveness; I commend it to you.

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