DoDAF Architecting

SV-9 Systems Technology and Skills Forecast

The System View (SV)-9 “Systems Technology and Skills Forecast” defines the underlying current and expected supporting technologies and skills. Expected supporting technologies and skills are those that can be reasonably forecast given the current state of technology and skills as well as the expected improvements or trends. New technologies and skills are tied to specific time periods, which can correlate against the time periods used in SV-8 “Systems Evolution Description” milestones and linked to Capability Phases.

Guide: DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 223

The SV-9 provides a summary of emerging technologies and skills that impact the architecture. The SV-9 provides descriptions of relevant:

  • Emerging capabilities.
  • Industry trends. Predictions (with associated confidence factors) of the availability and readiness of specific hardware and software systems.
  • Current and possible future skills.

In addition to providing an inventory of trends, capabilities and systems, the DoDAF described Model SV-9 also includes an assessment of the potential impact of these items on the architecture. Given the future-oriented nature of this model, forecasts are typically made in short, mid and long-term timeframes, such as 6, 12 and 18-month intervals.
The intended usage of the SV-9 includes:

  • Forecasting technology readiness against time.
  • HR Trends Analysis.
  • Recruitment Planning.
  • Planning technology insertion.
  • Input to options analysis.

The SV-9 can be presented in a table, timeline, or a Herringbone diagram.

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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.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