Accession Number:

ADA415142

Title:

Exploring a New Defense Resource Management System

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Feb 2002-Apr 2003

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

2003-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

This paper proposes an alternative approach to the Defense Departments Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System PPBS to meet the new needs of national security. The alternative approach, dubbed PDIMS for Program Development and Implementation Management System, involves the following 1 a comprehensive set of decisions by the Secretary of Defense on capability, policy, and investment 2 a resource-constrained, Department-wide program planning process that develops the alternatives for these decisions and 3 a Department-wide implementation review process that monitors implementation of the Secretarys decisions. The paper reviews Secretary Rumsfelds vision for a transformed PPBS, explores his criticisms, defines his statutory tasks, and investigates the applicability of the business paradigm. It also describes the historical practice of the PPBS, explains the various elements of PDIMS, and illustrates how the sequence of events could work. PDIMS is a synthesis of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfelds call for defense transformation and his concerns about the ability of the Departments current resource allocation processes to make transformation a reality. PDIMS offers choices for changing the existing PPBS process and serves as a starting point for consideration and discussion. 3 tables, 4 figures

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE