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DEFM312 - Defense Budget Development and Execution


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 his knowledge of the politics of the process to appreciate the problems and issues in defense budgeting.






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D - 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
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Book Title: Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process, 3rd ed - E-book available in the APUS online library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN: 9780815777359
Publication Info: Brookings Institution Press
Author: Schick, Allen
Unit Cost: $22.85
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Book Title: The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing, 7th Ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN: 9781452240411
Publication Info: VS-Sage
Author: Rubin
Unit Cost: $58.05
Electronic ISBN: 9781483323381
Electronic Unit Cost: $35.00