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CV-2 – Capability Taxonomy

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The CV-2 presents capabilities and the hierarchical relationships between them. CV-2 specifies all the capabilities that are referenced throughout one or more architectures – i.e. one CV-2 may provide the definitive list of capabilities for a number of logical and physical architectures. In addition, it can be used as a source document for the development of high-level use cases and user requirements.


The intended usage of the CV-2 includes:

  • Identification of capability requirements.
  • Capability planning (capability taxonomy).
  • Codifying required capability elements.
  • Capability audit.
  • Capability gap analysis.
  • Source for the derivation of cohesive sets of user requirements.
  • Providing reference capabilities for architectures.

Product Description

The CV-2 specifies a hierarchy of capabilities. When capabilities are referenced in operational or systems architectures, it may be that a particular facility, location, or organization or configuration meets more than one level of capability. The CV-2 is used to capture and organize the capability functions – required for the vision set out in the CV-1 Vision.

In CV-2, the Capabilities are only described in the abstract – i.e., CV-2 does not specify how a capability is to be implemented. A CV-2 is structured as a hierarchy of capabilities, with the most general at the root and most specific at the leaves.

Creating a Capability Taxonomy

To create a Capability Taxonomy diagram:

  1. Click on Capability Taxonomy in the Action Artifact area, and then select Create New Diagram.
  2. Type the diagram name and press Enter.
  3. A blank diagram is created and you can start constructing the view. You can create Capabilities and connect them through the tools under the diagram toolbar.

DoDAF Example: Capability Taxonomy

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