PPBE Process

Guidance of the Development Employment of Force

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Update: The GDF and Joint Programming Guidance (JPG) have been combined and been replaced by the Defense Programming and Planning Guidance (DPPG) [2]

Guidance for Development of the Force (GDF)
GDF establishes the DoD’s force development planning and resource priorities needed to meet future contingencies. The GDF is issued early in the planning process to provide overall policy and strategy guidance to be used in developing the defense program. It provides Secretary of Defense’s (SECDEF’s) politico-military guidance to inform development of the Joint Programming Guidance (JPG) and Program Objective Memorandum (POM), and is informed by the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and National Military Strategy (NMS). [1]

Guidance for Employment of the Force (GEF)
GFE provides comprehensive, near-term planning guidance. The GEF and Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (JSCP) are companion documents. Provides Presidential and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) politico-military guidance. The President approves the contingency planning guidance contained in the GEF and approves the Secretary’s issuance of the GEF. The GEF is informed by the Unified Command Plan and National Defense Strategy (NDS); and it informs strategic policy guidance, campaign plans, and the JSCP. [1]

Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (JSCP)
The JSCP provides detailed planning guidance to implement the GEF’s strategic policy guidance and specifically tasks combatant commanders to develop campaign, campaign support, contingency, and posture plans. It fulfills Title 10 requirement for the Chairman to produce strategic plans and provides assistance to President and the Secretary of Defense in military direction to the Armed Forces. The JSCP is informed by the GEF and NMS and directs campaign, campaign support, contingency, and posture planning. [1]

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