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DEFM312 - Defense Budget Development and Execution

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM312 Course ID: 3450 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the process by which the acquisition, personnel, and readiness (operations and maintenance) portions of the annual Defense Budget are integrated and executed. Students will learn of the politics behind the issues and will gain an appreciation for the complexity of the process. Following an in-depth review of the political scope of budgeting, the course will shift into a study of how budgeting actually works at each stage of executive and legislative action. From the preparation of the service and agency budgets, through the presentation of the president’s budget, to the actual appropriation and expenditure of funds, the student will apply their knowledge of the politics of the process to appreciate the problems and issues in defense budgeting.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

LO-1 Describe the political nature of the Federal Budget process.

LO-2 Discuss the typical budget cycle and the relationship of the budget process to governmental fiscal policy.

LO-3 Describe the evolution of the budget process, with a focus on executive and legislative organizations.

LO-4 Explain the development of the annual President’s Budget and the Congressional Budget process.

LO-5 Discuss authorizing legislation and the appropriations process and differentiate between the two.

LO-6 Define basic defense budget-related terms and describe the structure of the defense budget.

LO-7 Explain the successive phases of the congressional defense budget process.

LO-8 Describe budget execution, implementation, and control, including tools for changing the budget and the discretion-abuse-control cycle.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum Question 1 4.00 %
Forum Question 2 4.00 %
Forum Question 3 4.00 %
Forum Question 4 4.00 %
Forum Question 5 4.00 %
Forum Question 6 4.00 %
Forum Question 7 4.00 %
Forum Question 8 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 32.00 %
Assignment 1: Week 2: Paper 1 8.00 %
Assignment 2: Week 3: Paper 2 8.00 %
Assignment 6: Week 6: Paper 3 8.00 %
Assignment 7: Week 7: Paper 4 8.00 %
Term Project Outlines 12.00 %
Assignment 3: Week 3: Term Project Part 1 â?? Outline 4.00 %
Assignment 4: Week 4: Term Project Part 2 - Abstract and Detailed Outline 4.00 %
Assignment 5: Week 5: Term Project Part 3 - Referenced Outline 4.00 %
Term Project Paper 24.00 %
Assignment 8: Week 8: Term Project Paper 24.00 %

The materials are all online and from the APUS online library. They are contained in the course lessons and Forums and Assignments as needed.

Netlibrary—you can read directly online. Note, printing is one page at a time and, depending on number of users at any one time, you may be locked out.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process, 3rd ed - E-book available in the APUS online library
Publication Info:Brookings Institution Press Lib
Author:Schick, Allen
Unit Cost:$22.85
Book Title:The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing, 7th Ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Sage
Unit Cost:$58.05
Electronic ISBN:9781483323381
Electronic Unit Cost:$33.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.