PPBE Process

Defense Planning Guidance (DPG)

The Defense Planning/Programming Guidance (DPG) is used to lead the overall Planning Phase of the Planning, Programming & Budget Execution (PPBE) Process and consolidates force development planning priorities into a single overarching document for DOD planners to use.  The DPG reflects the President’s National Security Strategy (NSS), the SECDEF’s National Defense Strategy (NDS), and the Chairman’s National Military Strategy (NMS). It also reflects results of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the annual Chairman’s Program Recommendations (CPR). The DPG is classified SECRET. [1]

The DPG provides guidance in the form of goals, priorities, and objectives, including fiscal constraints, for the development of each Military Departments Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and Budget Estimate Submissions (BES).


Figure: Planning Phase of the PPBE Process

Budget Preparation Schedule


  • Defense Planning Guidance is also called Joint Planning Guidance

Updated: 7/13/2017

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