Accession Number:

ADA456326

Title:

The USNORTHCOM Integrated Architecture: Developing and Managing a Capabilities-Based Architecture as a Program to Enhance the Homeland Defense and Military Assistance to Civil Authorities Mission Areas

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

MITRE CORP COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

The United States Northern Command USNORTHCOM Integrated Architecture is a capabilities-based methodology, grounded in the two missions of the command Homeland Defense HLD and Military Assistance to Civil Authorities MACA. USNORTHCOM has identified 17 critical warfighting capabilities and 13 Joint Mission Essential Tasks JMETS that enable those capabilities. The command architecture provides a means of describing and assessinganalyzing the infrastructure, personnel, and organization to perform those tasks. This approach requires a collaborative process that utilizes an integrated, capabilities-based architecture to identify prioritized capability requirements, gaps and shortfalls, and integrated doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities DOTMLPF solutions. Gaps in command capabilities, operational requirements, and associated risks are identified via analysis between the As-Is and To-Be architectures. Time-phased capabilities are illustrated in the transition and sequencing plans. The architecture process has several key touchpoints to other USNORTHCOM processes and functions, namely, the IT investment management, resource allocation, and capabilities-based acquisition processes. The USNORTHCOM Chief Architect manages the development and maintenance of the commands architecture as a program, structuring the office as a program management office PMO. Lastly, the paper delineates the triad of capabilities-based architecture, investment management decision support, and implementation.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Systems
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE