Within the context of information systems, a reference model is defined to be a generally
accepted representation that allows people to agree on definitions, build common understanding,
and identify issues for resolution. A technical reference model is necessary to establish a context
for understanding how the disparate technologies required to implement information
management relate to each other. The model also provides a mechanism for identifying the key
issues associated with applications portability, scalability, and interoperability. The Technical
Reference Model is not a specific system design.
Rather, it establishes a common vocabulary
and defines a set of services and interfaces common to DoD information systems. The Technical
Reference Model will serve to facilitate interoperability between mission-area applications,
portability across mission areas, and cost reductions through the use of common services. The
development and acceptance of the Technical Reference Model is critical to the successful
implementation of the DoD Information Management initiative.
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The purpose of the Technical Reference Model described in this document is to provide a
common conceptual framework, and define a common vocabulary so that the diverse
components within the DoD can better coordinate acquisition, development, and support of DoD
information systems. The Technical Reference Model also provides a high-level representation
of the information system domain showing major service areas.