There are some overarching aspects of architectures that relate to all views. These overarching aspects are captured in the NATO All View (NAV). The NAV products provide information pertinent to the entire architecture but do not represent a distinct view of the architecture. NAV subviews set the scope and context of the architecture. The scope includes the subject area and timeframe for the architecture. The setting in which the architecture exists comprises the interrelated conditions that compose the context for the architecture. These conditions include doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures, relevant goals and vision statements, concepts of operations, scenarios, and environmental conditions.

The views of this viewpoint are described in the following sections: