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Identifying the Cost Capabilities of the DoDAF Architecture Framework

Methods and Models II Track



The Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) is a key tool used by the United States engineering and acquisition communities to describe the overall structure for designing, developing, and implementing systems. In 2009, version 2.0 of DoDAF was released. This version represented a major shift in focus from output products, or documentation, to the collection of the underlying data that represents the architecture. This version describes a new data model, the DoDAF Meta Model (DM2); the DM2 provides the mechanism needed to collect, organize, and store data. While many pre-defined models reside in the DoDAF, none of them are considered cost models of the system. This investigation examines what capabilities currently exist in the DoDAF 2.0 to represent the total cost assessment of the system under development. By comparing the options available in the current DoDAF predefined models, to what is required to perform a total cost assessment, the specifications for a Cost Viewpoint can be determined. These requirements can be specified in terms of the DM2 model through the “measure” and “measure type” elements. Fit for Purpose views, customized models rendered from the system data, can then be defined to represent a Cost Viewpoint of the system.


Holly A. H. Handley
Old Dominion University
Holly Ann Heine Handley is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Management and System Engineering Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Handley applies systems engineering principles and experience in computational modeling to conduct research and perform analysis on challenging problems of complex organizational systems. Her education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson College (1984), a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1987) and a MBA from the University of Hawaii (1995). She received her PhD from George Mason University in 1999. Dr. Handley is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Senior Grade, the International Council on System Engineers (INCOSE) and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

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