The programming phase of Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE). SOURCE: DAU. 2010. The Programming PPBE Phase. Available at Accessed August 10, 2010.

only the next 2 years, but with more detail than in the POM. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) analysts review the submissions to ensure that program funding matches current policy, that individual programs are priced correctly, and that each program is fully justified to Congress. Typically, the analysts write up their questions during formal budget review hearings. After the hearings, each analyst prepares a Program Budget Decision (PBD) for each program, which proposes financial adjustments to address any issues or problems identified during the hearing. The PBD then goes to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for a decision. The decision goes in an updated budget submission to the OMB (as shown in Figure C-3). After that, the overall DoD budget is provided as part of the President’s Budget Request to Congress.3

Thus the PPBE process addresses preacquisition technology development only indirectly, and it delegates the responsibility for the review of individual program



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