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Program Objective Memorandum (POM/Budget Submit)


Alternate Definition
An annual memorandum in prescribed format submitted to the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) by the DoD Component heads, which recommends the total resource requirements and programs within the parameters of SECDEF’s fiscal guidance. The POM is a major document in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, and the basis for the component budget estimates. The POM is the principal programming document that details how a component proposes to respond to assignments in the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) and satisfy its assigned functions over the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). The POM shows programmed needs 5 years hence (e.g., in FY 2016, POM 2018-2022 was/will be submitted).
(Source: DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms & Terms).
The Components Program Objectives Memorandum (POM) displays the resource allocation decisions of the Military Departments in response to and in accordance with Strategic Planning Guidance* (SPG) and Defense Planning Guidance (DPG).
(Source:DoD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R, Vol 2A, Chapter 1).
Recommendations from the Services and Defense Agencies to the Secretary of Defense concerning how they plan to allocate resources to meet the DPG.
(Source:CJCSI 8501.01A).
*Note: In 2008, SPG was replaced by the Guidance for the Development of the Force (GDF).
General Information

In July, each Component (Military Department and Defense Agency) submits a Program Objective Memorandum (POM) to the SECDEF. The POM covers the 5-year Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) and presents the Component's proposal for a balanced allocation of available resources within specified constraints to satisfy the Defense Programming Guidance (DPG). Significant force structure and end-strength changes, as well as major system new starts must be identified. Program imbalances and shortfalls in meeting DPG and warfighter objectives are also to be highlighted. The FYDP is updated at the time of POM submission to OSD (usually around July each year).