Towards a Comprehensive DND/CF Enterprise Architecture Methodology – A Critical Review DNDAF for an Integrated C2 Capability Development


  1. Farahbod, R.
  2. Guitouni, A.
  3. Bossé, É.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The objective of this report is to present a critical review of the DNDAF as a core en-terprise architecture (EA) framework to support the development of Integrated Command and Control Capability. In this document, we focus on systems engineering. In systems engineering, architectures facilitate the understanding and communication of different aspects of a system by providing a structured approach to document requirements, design decisions, and technical details of the implementation. This report presents a study of the concept of EA and a number of top EA frameworks in order to identify different aspects of EA that each framework covers and the various components each. The differentiation between the notions of methodology and framework in the context of EA leads to a critical review of the DNDAF framework. This report proposes a review of DNDAF, its purpose, and its components, and puts forward a set of recommendations for improvement in order to achieve a comprehensive DND/CF EA methodology and framework. This methodology is required for developing an Integrated Command and Control Capability. Future work includes determining the critical components (e.g., tools, methods, standards) that should be developed in order to support the implementation of a comprehensive EA for DND/CF.

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enterprise architecture;EA;frameworks;Zachman;MODAF;TOGAF;NATO architectural framework;Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA);data model;validation;verification;abstract state machines (ASM);N2C2M2;maturity level;methodology;DoDAF;architecture taxonomy;formal systems methods;formal modeling;abstract modeling;DNDAF;integrated command and control capacity
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2011-022 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
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