Joint Program Objective Memorandum Versus Individual Service
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 had a more profound impact on the services than any other congressional action in recent history. However, the Act did not change any responsibility for resourcing the Armed Forces. This was left up to the various services Army, Navy Air Force, and Marine Corps in the development of their Program Objective Memoranda POMs and budgets. Some argued during the development of the Goldwater-Nichols Act that the current Department of Defense DOD process of reviewing individual service POMs did not produce a truly joint product that funded programs to support national strategy. Instead individual line items of the service POMs or budgets were reviewed without consideration for the impacts decisions on one line item might have on another line item, perhaps from another service. This paper explores the changes that the Goldwater-Nichols Act and other administrative decisions by the President and Secretary of Defense had on the DOD Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System PPBS. It then pursues whether or not A joint POM produced by The Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS is needed to meet national strategy requirements or other conclusions drawn for improving the DOD PPB system.
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