Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) and Requirements Analysis (RA)

JHNA has broad and deep experience in the components of Capability Assessment, which include Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) and Requirements Analysis (RA). Our CONOPS work provides a bridge between the mission, the user's vision, and the operational needs to the system level requirements that, in turn, enables the development of a material solution. 

Our JHNA experts begin by describing tactical behaviors and operational expectations in order to generate a deeper understanding of the behaviors, restrictions and constraints on systems. This allows us to ensure that they are a best fit within complex military tactics.  We understand that tactical behaviors influence engineering design requirements.

In conjunction with CONOPS, our team members detail operational architectures, establishing the basic system interactions, needlines, and event trace/threads. We develop DoDAF Operational Views in order to depict the mission solution in terms of basic networks and highlight system interoperability, interface, and integration relationships.  

We communicate our Capability Assessment results to our customers using detailed written, graphical and pictorial reports and presentations. For example, our vignette work uses animation in order to clearly portray tactical behaviors and user capability expectations. JHNA also recommends development strategies such as ascending levels of capabilities to mitigate or avoid risks. This increases the likelihood of program success and ensures that the customer gets the best possible performance, timeliness and value from the systems they are developing or acquiring. 

Our JHNA CONOPs work:
  • Creates highly animated operational concept vignettes

  • Creates operational views for decomposition as a part of the systems engineering effort

  • Harmonizes operational concepts and DoDAF OVs with the user community

  • Decomposes vignettes into capability requirements compendiums

  • Creates tactical scenarios for system simulation software build

  • Provides SME inputs to user interface/display design

  • Creates tactical scenarios and design of live experiments and demonstrations

  • Develops MOPs/MOEs as a part of the system evaluation process

  • Conducts analysis of experiment data and assisted in writing reports

  • Attends technology demonstrations in support of government technology managers

  • Reviews and provides input to contractor-developed operational concepts in support of government technology managers


  • Future Force Warrior (FFW)
  • Safe Operations of Unmanned systems Reconnaissance in Complex Environments (SOURCE)
  • Improved Mobility and Operational Performance through Autonomous Technologies (IMOPAT)
  • Near Autonomous Unmanned Systems (NAUS)
  • Armed Robotic Vehicle Robotic Technologies (ART) STO
  • Excalibur Rapid Response Unmanned Aircraft System (RRUAS)
  • Unmanned Autonomous Collaborative Operations (UACO)
  • Casualty Extraction (CASEXTRACT) DARPA Seedling
  • Joint Common Architecture (JCA) Modular Integrated Survivability (MIS)
  • Autonomous Technologies for Unmanned Air Systems (ATUAS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
  • Enhanced Operator Situational Awareness for Multi-Unmanned Vehicle Teams (SAPIENT)
  • Synergistic Unmanned Manned Intelligent Teaming (SUMIT)
  • Advanced Teaming (AT) 
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Increased Investment (I2) Study for Joint MultiRole
  • Optimally Crewed Vehicle (OCV) Increased Investment (I2) Study for Joint MultiRole


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