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Directorate III – Resources and Implementation

As part of the Integrated Planning Process, the Resources and Implementation Directorate plans and specifies the financial requirements of the Bundeswehr, thus making a decisive contribution to federal budgeting.

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Financial requirements planning is cyclical and encompasses all areas of the defence budget: military procurement, personnel, supply, in-service use, infrastructure, and public-private partnerships. It begins as early as two years in advance of the planning year / financial year in question. The planning cycle comprises the process steps of requirement update, financial requirements analysis, and preparation of the resource plan.

In every planning cycle, Directorate III – Resources and Implementation – first conducts a requirement update under participation of the major organisational elements, the resource offices, the Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command, the Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Military Aviation, the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, the Bundeswehr Counterintelligence Office, the Leadership Development and Civic Education Centre, and the other directorates of the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning. The Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning then submits the result to the Federal Ministry of Defence, which decides about a further specification taking into account the approved requirements as well as the available financial resources and defines guidelines for further planning.

These guidelines are implemented with the planning proposal by the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning, which is also the foundation for the financial requirements analysis at the Ministry. In a final planning step, the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning draws up a resource plan proposal. This plan is based on the Federal Cabinet's benchmark decision on budgeting and financial planning. The FMoD Directorate-General for Planning then carries out detailed planning for each item of the defence budget based on the resource plan proposal by the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning. With the submission of the resource plan to the FMoD Directorate-General for Budget and Controlling, responsibility for the further budgeting procedure is transferred.

In addition to financial requirements planning, Directorate III is responsible for planning support and process management.

Planning support comprises life cycle cost management, risk management, and resource estimation. As early as during the pre-analysis phase – also called initiative – a potential commitment of resources for closing a capability gap is determined in the context of resource estimation for an approved initiative and assessed in monetary terms in cooperation with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support. The result is used for medium-term planning aimed at anticipating the budget funds that will be necessary in the future and for setting priorities. During the following phases of the amended Customer Product Management process, the previously determined life cycle cost is updated, serving as a potential criterion for the selection decision by the Chief of Defence or the Commander of the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning. Life cycle cost management provides Capability Management with benchmarks for the pricing of resource estimates. This is done by allocating expenditure elements to functional modules, which are in turn allocated to an operational system.

The Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning is responsible for the definition and implementation of risk management during the pre-analysis phase and part 1 of the analysis phase. The risk analysts of Directorate III support the personnel who process initiatives and requests and the heads of the Integrated Project Teams in terms of risk identification and risk assessment.

As part of Bundeswehr process management, Directorate III houses the output process managers of the Integrated Planning and Force Readiness Analysis output processes as well as the Planning main process manager and the Commissioner for Process Orientation at the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning.
The output/main process managers are responsible for the implementation, software-based modelling, and continuous development of the process they supervise. Also, as part of the Planning main process, technical requirements for process-oriented IT support are defined and technical directives for using such support are prepared. Moreover, the Planning main process manager supports the implementation of IT support in the Integrated Project Team. The Commissioner for Process Orientation at the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning is responsible for incorporating process management at the Office. He is in charge of preparing the process map of the Office and appoints the Office's process managers.
Finally, Directorate III acts as the competent specialist authority for training future Bundeswehr planning staff; it coordinates training and develops its contents.



Current as of 11/30/17