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DoDAF Viewpoints and Models

Capability Viewpoint - Capability Model Descriptions

CV-4: Capability Dependencies

The CV-4 describes the dependencies between planned capabilities. It also defines logical groupings of capabilities.

The CV-4 is intended to provide a means of analyzing the dependencies between capabilities. The groupings of capabilities are logical, and the purpose of the groupings is to guide enterprise management. In particular, the dependencies and groupings may suggest specific interactions between acquisition projects to achieve the overall capability.

The intended usage of the CV-4 includes:

  • Identification of capability dependencies.
  • Capability management (impact analysis for options, disposal etc.).

Detailed Description:

The CV-4 describes the relationships between capabilities. It also defines logical groupings of capabilities. This contrasts with CV-2 Capability Taxonomy model which also deals with relationships between Capabilities; but CV-2 only addresses specialization-generalization relationship (i.e., capability taxonomy).

A CV-4 shows the capabilities that are of interest to the Architectural Description. It groups those capabilities into logical groupings, based on the need for those elements to be integrated.

An approach for describing a CV-4 is graphical. In some cases, it may be important to distinguish between different types of dependency in the CV-4. Graphically, this can be achieved by color-coding the connecting lines or by using dashed lines. From a data perspective, the CV-4 can make use pre-existing capability dependency types in the DoDAF Meta-model; else new, specific dependency types can be created. The new dependency types need to be recorded the in the AV-2: Integrated Dictionary.

CV-1: Vision

CV-2: Capability Taxonomy

CV-3: Capability Phasing

CV-4: Capability Dependencies

CV-5: Capability to Organizational Development Mapping

CV-6: Capability to Operational Activities Mapping

CV-7: Capability to Services Mapping