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OV-3 Operational Resource Flow Matrix

The OV-3 “Operational Resource Flow Matrix” addresses operational Resource Flows exchanged between Operational Activities and locations. Resource Flows provide further detail of the interoperability requirements associated with the operational capability of interest. The focus is on Resource Flows that cross the capability boundary.

The intended usage of the OV-3 includes:

  • Definition of interoperability requirements

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 148

The OV-3 identifies the resource transfers that are necessary to support operations to achieve a specific operational task. This model is initially constructed from the information contained in the OV-2 “Operational Resource Flow Description model”. But the OV-3 provides a more detailed definition of the Resource Flows for operations within a community of anticipated users.

The OV-3 identifies resource elements and relevant attributes of the Resource Flows and associates the exchange to the producing and consuming Operational Activities and locations and to the Needline that the Resource Flow satisfies. It’s one of a suite of operational models that address the resource content of the operational architecture (the others being OV-2 “Operational Resource Flow Description”, OV-5b “Operational Activity Model”, and DIV-2 “Logical Data Model“).

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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.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