MODAF Concepts & Doctrine Community of Interest Deskbook

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14. MODAF consists of 38 Views, each of which can be used to represent a particular aspect of the enterprise. These Views are categorised into the six Viewpoints, as shown in Figure 2-1. The purpose of each of the 38 Views is different – some provide high-level summary information about the enterprise (e.g. organisational structure, programme management, etc.), others describe some specific aspect (e.g. system interfaces), whilst others serve to describe the relationships between different aspects of the enterprise (e.g. process mapping).

15. Not every View is appropriate or necessary for a given architecture. It is intended that users select appropriate MODAF Views to most effectively represent their needs. This Deskbook provides advice for the specific Community of Interest (COI).

16. MODAF may be applied across a wide variety of MOD processes, including Capability Management, Acquisition, Operational Analysis, Planning and Through-life Management. Applied appropriately MODAF is an enabler to the successful delivery of Network Enabled Capability (NEC). Amongst the benefits of MODAF within the Concepts & Doctrine processes are:

d. Improved articulation of concepts to identified defence capabilities

e. Improved identification and management of cross-capability dependencies

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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 representin 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.). Each View has a particular purpose, and usually presents:

a. Broad summary information about the whole enterprise (e.g. high level operational concepts);
b. Narrowly focussed information for a specialist purpose (e.g. system interface definitions);
c. Or, information about how aspects of the enterprise are connected (e.g. how business processes or operational activities are supported by a system, or how programme management brings together the different aspects of network enabled capability).

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