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

June 2004
Richard Cullen, United States Northern Command
Raymond A. Beamer Jr., The MITRE Corporation
Lt. Col. Paul Henning, USAF, United States Northern Command
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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 assessing/analyzing the infrastructure, personnel, and organization to perform those tasks.


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