Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy

Course #MN4053

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This distance learning course analyzes the resource requirements process within the Department of Defense (DoD) and in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. It begins with a summary of the current threat situation and potential changes to it. Once the threat is defined, the study of the resource allocation process to meet the threat begins. The course covers the resource planning and budgeting processes of the Department of the Navy, DoD and the federal government. It includes the politics of executive and congressional budgeting, and DoD budget and financial management processes and procedures including budget formulation and execution. It also includes analysis of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution system (PPBES) used by DoD to plan, budget and implement national defense resource management policy and programs. Other areas included are budget process and fiscal policy reform and the dynamics of internal DoD competition for resources. Executive and congressional budget processes are assessed to indicate how national security policy is resourced and implemented through the budget process. Spending for national security policy is tracked from budget submission through resolution, authorization and appropriation. Budget formulation, negotiation, and execution strategies are evaluated to indicate the dynamics of executive-legislative competition over resource allocation priorities. Supplemental appropriation patterns and current year budget execution patterns and problems are also considered. Prerequisite: None.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 363
  • 379

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehension of how decisions are made (or not made) and carried out in the American political environment and of the rules of the policy game.
  • Application - Relating theoretical concepts of policy analysis (mostly from readings) to practical descriptions and analysis of specific policy issues. 
  • Describe the role of ideology in policy debate and analysis.
  • Relate the stages model of the policy process to the PPBE model of public budgeting.
  • To help you build and refine your capacities for intellectual reflection and critical thinking.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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