Factors Influencing the Development of the Air Force Systems Command Program Objective Memorandum.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis identifies the formal and informal factors that influence the annual development of the Program Objective Memorandum POM at the Air Force Systems Command AFSC. The POM is a key element of the DoD Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System PPBS, and is designed to bridge the gap between fiscally unconstrained military planning activities, and the fiscally constrained DoD budget submission. AFSC and other Air Force major commands MAJCOMs prepare POM submissions for Headquarters USAF, where they are used in the development of the USAF POM. A survey, in the form of structured interviews, was conducted at Headquarters AFSC among a sample of POM decision makers. The results indicate a number of factors that influence the POM development to varying degrees. Some of these factors arise as a result of program-related developments outside of AFSC. The predominant factors, in terms of their effects of the AFSC POM, are the program priorities of the using MAJCOMs and Headquarters USAF. The report calls into question the practice of prioritizing certain programs in the AFSC POM submission, based on an apparent duplication of effort at AFSC and Headquarters USAF.
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