The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Plans, Programs, and Resources (PPR) serves as the Chief Financial Officer and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), including program executive offices (PEOs) and Direct Reporting Units, which include the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center. Our subordinate organizations include the PPR, Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA), and Manpower and Force Structure Directorates. DASA PPR’s focus is to effectively and efficiently administer the programming, allocation, and execution of more than $43 billion annually, including more than 650 acquisition programs and $157 billion across the Future Years Defense Plan.
As the co-chairs of both the Equipping and the Sustaining Program Evaluation Groups, DASA PPR manages the resources that enable the development and procurement of weapon systems and equipment for our warfighters. In addition, as Chief Information Officer for the community, DASA PPR oversees the Acquisition Information Technology Domain, which includes leading efforts to establish and maintain the Acquisition Domain Enterprise Architecture.
As the focal point for program analysis of the procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation budgets, DASA PPR collaborates and coordinates with key stakeholders on the research, development, and acquisition (RDA) portions of the Army Modernization Strategy, the Army Plan, the Quadrennial Defense Review, Total Army Analysis, and other forms of strategic planning guidance, such as the Army Strategy. DASA PPR is primarily responsible for developing, presenting, and adjusting the RDA portion of the Program Objective Memorandum and serves as the ASAALT proponent for the weapon systems review process.
During the past year, DASA PPR led the acquisition community by establishing our PARCA Directorate to complement the Office of the Secretary of Defense PARCA created under the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. This year, ASAALT PARCA visited each PEO and briefed the PEO and program management office (PMO) staff on “should cost” implementation as part of their annual performance reviews. (See Access AL&T article “Army PARCA Office.”)
DASA PPR planned, coordinated, and executed 68 Weapon Systems Reviews in the sixth cycle of a very successful initiative that began in 2005. This initiative provides a venue for presentation of Acquisition Category I, II, and special interest programs to a cross-Program Evaluation Group. The result was to reduce resourcing synchronization issues in the budget planning process.
This year, the DASA PPR’s goal is to work on Better Buying Power Affordability Initiatives specifically focused on instilling common processes and tracking should-cost goals to PEO and PMO levels. DASA PPR plans to develop and implement a common process for reviewing those goals. We will conduct the seventh cycle of Weapon Systems Reviews with the intent to review nearly 70 programs. DASA PPR expects fiscal challenges to increase as we work to cross-level resources to meet our warfighters’ needs and fund priority programs in a tight budget environment.
- From the DASA PPR.