Introduction

The NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) is a standard for developing Enterprise Architectures. An Enterprise Architecture is a model of a current or future state of an enterprise. An enterprise could be an organisation, a system (including the human factors) or a project. The purpose of enterprise architecture is to capture the complex dependencies that exist in large-scale systems of systems so as to aid with decision support. NAF provides a standard way to model the architecture, by defining:

  • Methodology – how to develop architectures and how to run an architecture project
  • Viewpoints – conventions for the construction, interpretation and use of architecture views for communicating the enterprise architecture to different stakeholders.
  • Meta-Model – a standard ontology for capturing the key architectural elements and their interdependencies.

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