DoDAF Architecting

OV-1 High Level Operational Concept Graphic

The OV-1 “High Level Operational Concept Graphic” describes a mission, class of mission, or scenario. It shows the main operational concepts and interesting or unique aspects of operations. It describes the interactions between the subject architecture and its environment, and between the architecture and external systems. The OV-1 is the pictorial representation of the written content of the AV-1 “Overview and Summary Information”. Graphics alone are not sufficient for capturing the necessary architectural data.

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 142

The OV-1 provides a graphical depiction of what the architecture is about and an idea of the players and operations involved. An OV-1 can be used to orient and focus detailed discussions. Its main use is to aid human communication, and it is intended for presentation to high-level decision-makers. The intended usage of the OV-1 includes:

  • Putting an operational situation or scenario into context.
  • Providing a tool for discussion and presentation; for example, aids industry engagement in acquisition.
  • Providing an aggregate illustration of the details within the published high-level organization of more detailed information in published architectures.
   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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.

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