Capability (systems engineering)

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A Capability, in the systems engineering sense, is defined as the ability to execute a specified course of action. A capability may or may not be accompanied by an intention.[1] The term is used in the defense industry but also in private industry (e.g. Gap analysis).

Capability Gap Analysis[edit]

The Joint Capabilities Integration Development System is an important part of DoD military planning. The "Operation of the JCIDS" introduces a Capability Based Analysis (CBA) process that includes identification of capability gaps.[2] In essence, a Capability Gap Analysis is the determination of needed capabilities that do not yet exist.[3][4] The Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) suggests the use of the Operational Activity Model (OV-5) in conducting a CGA.[5]

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  1. ^ "Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms", Joint Publication 1-02, DoD, 17 March 2009 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
  2. ^ "Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)", Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJS), CJCS Manual 3170.01, 24 June 2003 [1]
  3. ^ Antommarchi, Sidney N., "A Process for Modeling and Simulation Capability Gap Analysis", Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), December 2008 [2]
  4. ^ Antommarchi, Sidney N., "Enhancing and Expanding the Modeling & Simulation Composability Paradigm", 08S-SIW-067, Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO), April 2008 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  5. ^ "Department of Defense Architecture Framework", Version 1.5, Volume 2, Department of Defense, 15 August 2003 [3]