Systems Engineering FAQ

Answers by Robert Halligan FIE Aust CPEng IntPE(Aus).

What’s the difference between CONOPS and Architecture? Is it possible call a CONOPS as Architecture?


It is perfectly correct to call a CONOPS a description of architecture, in a situation where the term CONOPS is used to mean an operational solution description.

Architecture is a general term for the conceptual design of anything; CONOPS is a description of the concept of the operational (i.e. serving end-use) part of a solution involving both human and technological elements.

CONOPS (operational solution description) is not to be confused with Operational Concept Description (description of intended use). It often is 🙁


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