DoDAF Architecting

OV-6a Operational Rules Model

An OV-6a “Operational Rules Model” specifies operational or business rules that are constraints on the way that business is done in the enterprise. At a top-level, rules should at least embody the concepts of operations defined in OV-1 “High Level Operational Concept Graphic” and provide guidelines for the development and definition of more detailed rules and behavioral definitions that should occur later in the Architectural definition process.

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 154

The intended usage of the OV-6a includes:

  • Definition of doctrinally correct operational procedures
  • Definition of business rules
  • Identification of operational constraints

At the mission-level, OV-6a may be based on business rules contained in doctrine, guidance, rules of engagement, etc. At lower levels, OV-6a describes the rules under which the architecture behave under specified conditions. Such rules can be expressed in a textual form. These rules are contrasted with the business or doctrinal standards themselves, which provide authoritative references and provenance for the rules (see StdV-1 Standards Profile). Operational Rules are statements that constrain some aspect of the mission or the architecture. Rules may be expressed in natural language (English) in one of two forms:

  • Imperative – a statement of what shall be under all conditions, e.g., “Battle Damage Assessment” (BDA) shall only be carried out under fair weather conditions.”
  • Conditional Imperative – a statement of what shall be, in the event of another condition being met. If battle damage assessment shows incomplete strike, then a restrike shall be carried out.
   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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.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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