Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)

The Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) is a database that captures and summarizes forces, resources, and programs associated with all Department of Defense (DoD) operations approved by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF). The FYDP is structured in three basic dimensions: the organizations affected (military departments and defense agencies), appropriations accounts (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E), Operation and Maintenance (O&M), etc.), and Major Force Program (MFP) (strategic forces, mobility forces, R&D, etc.). The FYDP allows a “crosswalk” between DoD’s internal system of accounting via 11 MFPs and Congressional appropriations. The primary data element in the FYDP is the Program Element (PE). The FYDP is updated twice during the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process cycle: upon submission of the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) (usually July/August), and submission of the President’s Budget (PB) (early February the year following).

The FYDP is the program and financial plan for the Department of Defense as approved by the SECDEF. The FYDP arrays cost data, manpower and force structure over a 5-year period (force structure for an additional 3 years), portraying this data by MFP for DoD internal review for the program and budget review submission. It is also provided to the Congress in conjunction with the PB submission.