MODAF - Realising Enterprise Architecture for Defence

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Location: Shrivenham campus
MODAF -Realising Enterprise Architecture for Defence

This set of training courses covers the spectrum from introduction and appreciation of enterprise architecture concepts and the benefits it can provide in defence through to practical planning and development of an architecture using the Ministry of Defence Architectural Framework (MODAF).

The four courses cater for all levels of need and will be of benefit to MOD staff, suppliers to the MOD, those with an interest in MODAF and the use of Enterprise Architecture in Government and Defence.

Course Objectives

There is a need to identify the main components of an organisation or a sub-set of it (such as its information systems), and the ways in which these components work together in order to achieve defined business objectives. The components will include staff, business processes, technology, information, financial and other resources, etc. If the architecture is designed to ensure the choice of appropriate components and to specify how they will operate together smoothly and efficiently, the enterprise will benefit. But if decisions about components and their interrelationships are uncoordinated, ad-hoc or localised, the result is likely to be duplication of effort and resources, poor coordination and control, problems with management and business performance, inability to share important resources such as information, and inefficiencies in operation. Lack of attention to enterprise architectures can inhibit change, and inappropriate architectures can become barriers to progress.

The MOD has recognised the value of an enterprise architecture approach and has developed MODAF. In order to realise the benefits that an enterprise architecture approach can provide, strategic goals are developed based on the use of MODAF.

Key benefits:

  • Understand the concepts behind Enterprise Architecture.
  • Be aware of the benefits that an Enterprise Architecture approach can provide to defence.
  • Rationale behind and familiarisation with MODAF.
  • Know who uses MODAF and how it is used.
  • Gain a knowledge of the MODAF views.
  • Understand how elements within MODAF are related.
  • Be able to navigate MODAF based architectures.
  • Understand the governance of MODAF.
  • Recognise and be aware of the issues associated with the use of Enterprise Architecture and MODAF.
  • Be aware of the current status of MODAF.
  • Learn how to plan and develop MODAF compliant architectures.
  • Gain hands on experience in architecture development.
  • Talk to experts who have experience in developing MODAF based architectures.

Course Topics

The courses range in duration from a half day to five days depending on your requirements, providing a course that will best suit your needs. The table below allows you to see general topics that are covered in the course that you select. 


1/2 Day

1 Day

3 Day

5 Day

Introduction to Enterprise Architecture: Concepts and Principles





Introduction to Enterprise Architecture for Defence: Benefits, MODAF





The MODAF Views and Structures: Understanding the views and connections





Reading an Architecture: Examples & Navigation / Benefits





Planning and Enhancing an Architecture: Creating views, elements, publishing and exploiting an architecture




Advanced MODAF Architecting: Considering advanced techniques and delegate specific issues.




Attendees will have an opportunity to see and (on Practitioner I and II) use an architecting tool to develop and exploit MODAF architectures. The course focuses on MODAF not the specific tool used and therefore has applicability regardless of the tool you may use or be considering. You will gain insight into the way architecting tools are used and how they support the development and exploitation of MODAF architectures.

Who should attend

The four courses cater for all levels of need and will be of benefit to MOD staff, suppliers to the MOD, those with an interest in MODAF and the use of Enterprise Architecture in Government and Defence both in the UK and internationally.

Awareness (1/2 day)

Aim: To provide appreciation of the concept and implications of Enterprise Architecture in the defence environment and an awareness of MODAF.

Who should attend: You have heard of MODAF and/or Enterprise Architecture and need to have them placed in context.

Introduction (1 Day)

Aim: Provide appreciation of MODAF and ability to navigate a MODAF based architecture.

Who should attend: As for Awareness but you require to have a better understanding of MODAF and be able to read and navigate through MODAF architectures.

Practitioner I (3 days)

Aim: To give appreciation of the principles behind the MODAF approach and give participants the opportunity to apply their learning to an existing case study.

Who should attend: You are, or will be, architecting within the Defence Environment or have a need to better understand the MODAF views.

Practitioner II (5 Days)

Aim: To provide opportunity for participants to apply MODAF techniques to develop a new MODAF based architecture and focus on their specific MODAF/architecting issues.

Course fee

Awareness: £200 (tuition only)

Introduction: £395 (tuition only)

Practitioner I: £1185 (tuition only)

Practitioner II: £1975 (tuition only)

Location and travel details

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a School of Cranfield University that offers unique educational opportunities to the Defence and Security sectors of both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, we are the Academic Provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for all postgraduate education at the Defence Academy College of Management and Technology and training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership. Integrating the resources of the MoD and Cranfield University to deliver a wide range of postgraduate courses in science, engineering and management related to the defence sector, most of which are open to both military and non-military students. Cranfield academics in conjunction with serving officers from the Armed Forces combine to provide dynamic, applied and practice courses. Facilities on the campus include an outdoor heated swimming pool, golf course and a wide variety of other sporting facilities.

The Shrivenham campus is well positioned with easy access by road, rail and air:

  • Road: Close to the M4, located just off the A420 between Oxford and Swindon. Swindon is approximately 7 miles west of the campus and Oxford is around 24 miles east.
  • Rail: Swindon station (just 50 minutes from London Paddington and 25 minutes from Bristol).
  • Air: Heathrow (70 miles) or Bristol (60 miles).

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