Finding Best Practices to Improve the Air Force POM: A Comparative Analysis of Military Services POM Processes
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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The Program Objective Memorandum POM is at the heart of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution system. The POM is the Air Forces most important avenue to properly identify and request resources to operate and acquire capabilities. The Air Force needs to minimize errors in its POM and increase the likelihood of getting the right amount of resources at the right time. The Air Force POM input process has points of confusion, unnecessary complication, and inefficiency. This research paper seeks to improve the Air Force POM input process by examining the POM input processes used by the Air Force, Army, and Navy to determine the current best practices, and by looking at how the Air Force could incorporate the best practices to improve its own process. This research used a case study approach, studying the organizational structures and POM processes of each of the three military services to determine the strengths of each and derive a set of best practices across the services. The research uncovered four best practices 1 There should be one specific owner or manager of a program resourcing package, 2 Review board recommendations and decisions should be validated at levels working closest to the requirements holders, 3 The service chief and secretary should be integrated into the review process, and 4 A service should use a corporate-like organizational structure similar to those currently employed by the Air Force and Army. The Air Force should implement the first and third best practices, the Army should implement the second, and the Navy should implement the fourth. By incorporating the best practices, the Air Force may improve the accuracy and authority of its POM submission and reduce the time required to produce it.
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