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UML Based Architecture Frameworks (UAF)

UPDATE: Please Refer to the UML Profile for DODAF/MODAF RFP Page. A decision was made to Proceed Directly with the RFP and Not this RFI (Refer to SE DSIG Burlingame Minutes - Feb 05) .


UML Based Architecture Frameworks (UAF) RFI - dated January 25, 2005

MAF Standardization RFI - dated January 10, 2005 (ad/2004-12-01)

Contact Dr. Fatma Dandashi for details.

Objectives of This Request For Information (RFI):

This Request for Information (RFI) solicits information on the nature and utility of an architecture framework that prescribes a standard for architecture modeling of large scale military systems based on UML, SysML and related profiles.  The military architecture framework (MAF) will specify modeling conventions and conformance points similar to the United States' Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and other military domain architecture frameworks.

Reference Papers

Using Systems Engineering Standards in an Architecture Framework

Tailoring DoDAF to Support a Service Oriented Architecture

Two research efforts that demonstrate the suitability of model driven architectures, based on DODAF, in conducting simulations for military-worth analysis.

Zinn, Andrew W., The Use Of Integrated Architectures To Support Agent Based

Simulation: An Initial Investigation, AFIT/GSE/ENY/04-M01, Department Of The Air Force Air University, Air Force Institute Of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 2004

In this research effort, Zinn proposed that the DoD Architectural Framework

(DoDAF) could be used to aid in the acquisition of all major defense information systems. One of the primary purposes of DODAF-based architectures is to help conduct military-worth analysis. The research showed the utility of architecture descriptions based on the DoDAF to provide the needed data for agent based simulation. The research also developed a case study, where data from a proposed Air Operations Center architecture was used in the combat model System Effectiveness Analysis Simulation (SEAS). Zinn concluded that the DoDAF, if implemented properly, does provide the needed information. A process for taking information from DoDAF architectures and importing it into agent-based simulation is proposed in this thesis.

DeStefano, Gregory V., Agent Based Simulation SEAS Evaluation Of DODAF Architecture Thesis, AFIT/GOR/ENS/04-05, Department Of The Air Force Air University, Air Force Institute Of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 2004

DeStefano continued Zinn's work by investigating means to export data from DODAF to the agent-based model System Effectiveness and Analysis Simulation (SEAS). DeStefano proposed that through operational, system, and technical views, the DoDAF provides a consistent format for new weapon systems to be compared and evaluated. This research identified the Aerospace Operation Center (AOC) weapon system architecture as suitable for translation into SEAS. The Zinn-DeStefano collaborative efforts lead to the identification and translation of architectural data products to represent the Time Critical Targeting (TCT) activities of the AOC. A comparison of the AOC weapon system employing these TCT activities with an AOC without TCT capabilities is accomplished within a Kosovo-like engagement. Results showed statistically significant differences in measures of effectiveness (MOEs) chosen to compare the systems. The comparison also identified the importance of data products not available in this incomplete architecture and makes recommendations for SEAS to be more receptive to DoDAF data products


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