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CV-6 Capability to Operational Activities Mapping

The CV-6 “Capability to Operational Activities Mapping” describes the mapping between the capabilities required and the activities that enable those capabilities. It provides a bridge between capability analyzed using Capability Viewpoints (CV) and operational activities analyzed using Operational Viewoints (OV). Specifically, it identifies how operational activities can be performed using various available capability elements. It is similar in function to the SV-5a “Operational Activity to Systems Function Traceability Matrix”. The capability to activity mappings may include both situations where activities fully satisfy the desired capability and those where the activity only partially meets the capability requirement.

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 126

The intended usage of the CV-6 includes:

  • Tracing capability requirements to operational activities.
  • Capability audit.

A CV-6 shows which elements of capability may be utilized in support of specific operational activities by means of a mapping matrix. If the CV-6 is created as part of a strategic architecture (i.e., before the creation of supporting operational models), it is recommended that the operational activities described in the CV-6 should be common functions. This model may be used indicate that an operational capability (perhaps reflecting a particular user requirement) does or does not fulfill the requirements for capability for a particular phase.

In principle, there could be a different CV-6 created for each phase of the capability development, or perhaps for different capability phasing scenarios. In most cases, it is considered that a single table can be constructed because the operational activities that are most likely relevant to this model may be relatively high-level. If capabilities associated are generic (see CV-1 Vision Model), then they should have a well understood relationship with a standard set of operational activities and this relationship is unlikely to change over time. This model is analogous to the SV-5a “Operational Activity to System Function Traceability Matrix” – but provides the interface between Capability and Operational Models rather than Operational to System Models.

The CV-6 can have a tabular presentation. The rows can be the Capabilities and the columns can be the Operational Activities. An X may indicate that the capability may be utilized in support of that activity whereas a blank indicates that it does not. Alternatively, a date or phase can indicate that the capability may support that activity by the date or phase indicated.

   DoDAF Viewpoint Matrix
AV 1 2                      
CV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7            
DIV 1 2 3                    
OV 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 6a 6b 6c        
PV 1 2 3                    
SvcV 1 2 3a 3b 4 5 6 7 8 9 10a 10b 10c
StdV 1 2                      
SV 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 6 7 8 9 10a 10b 10c


  • The DoDAF descriptions in this website are very generic and are mostly taken from the DoDAF Architecture Framework website. Make sure you visit the actual website for the most update information and a more thorough explanation of each viewpoint.
  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.

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Updated: 6/26/2018

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