Restructuring the budget for the Fleet Modernization Program (FMP)
Zerbe, Jeffrey N.
Mutty, John E.
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The Fleet Modernization Program (FMP) provides a systematic structure for planning, programming, budgeting, and installing improvements to ships of the active and reserve fleets. The procedures for budgeting and executing the FMP are governed by the rules of the current FMP Fiscal Appropriation. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 1989, a series of FMP appropriation decisions has resulted in each budget year program being budgeted and executed differently. These decisions have directly affected fleet modernization efforts and have increased the complexity of the FMP, a program which is well known for its fragmented infrastructure and misunderstood procedures. This thesis analyzes the budget structure of the FMP and evaluates the impact of changes in the budget structure since FY 1989, primarily as they relate to program execution. The research compares and contrasts funding and procedural differences between the FMP and the TRIDENT modernization program. The final results of this analysis are specific recommendations on how to restructure the FMP budget to improve program execution. Additionally, this research serves as a historical record of the FMP budget structure changes since FY 1989.
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