Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Alfred E. Thal Jr., PhD

Second Advisor

Jeffrey D. Havlicek, PhD


The Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DoDAF) describes 29 distinct views but offers limited guidance on view selection to meet system needs. This research extends the Value-Driven Enterprise Architecture Score (VDEA-Score) from a descriptive, evaluation protocol toward a prescriptive one by evaluating each DoDAF view and its contribution to the overall objective of the completed architecture. This extension of VDEA is referred to as VDEA-Development Goals (VDEA-DG). The program manager or other decision-makers may use this insight to justify the allocation of resources to the development of specific architecture views considered to provide maximum value. This research provides insight into the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process and policy requirements. Existing guidance of a static list of views prior to DoD milestone approval detracts from the creation of vital architecture for system success. This research shows overlap between the most important views for the considered architecture project and the JCIDS requirements and identifies areas for JCIDS policy improvement. This research also identifies areas where DoDAF does not directly support the creation of capabilities. With additional information on the resources required for creating individual views, the tool could be expanded to identify an optimal build sequence given resource constraints.

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Co-advised thesis.