DoDAF Architecting

OV-2 Operational Resource Flow Description

The OV-2 “Operational Resource Flow Description” applies the context of the operational capability to a community of anticipated users. The primary purpose of the OV-2 is to define capability requirements within an operational context. The OV-2 may also be used to express a capability boundary.

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 144

New to DoDAF V2.02, the OV-2 can be used to show flows of funding, personnel and materiel in addition to information. A specific application of the OV-2 is to describe a logical pattern of resource information, funding, personnel, or materiel) flows. The logical pattern need not correspond to specific organizations, systems or locations, allowing Resource Flows to be established without prescribing the way that the Resource Flows are handled and without prescribing solutions.

The intended usage of the OV-2 includes:

  • Definition of operational concepts
  • Elaboration of capability requirements
  • Definition of collaboration needs
  • Applying a local context to a capability
  • Problem space definition
  • Operational planning
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Allocation of activities to resources

The OV-2 depicts Operational Needlines that indicate a need to exchange resources. The OV-2 may also show the location of Operational facilities or locations, and may optionally be annotated to show flows of information, funding, people or materiel between Operational Activities. The Operational Activities shown in an OV-2 may be internal to the architecture, or may be external activities that communicate with those internal activities. Use of OV-2 is intended to be logical. It is to describe who or what, not how.

   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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.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: 9/27/2017

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