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NPS Faculty Publishes Latest Book on Budgeting in the DOD
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich

NPS Faculty Publishes Latest Book on Budgeting in the DOD

By MC2 Brian H. Abel

Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP) Senior Lecturer Philip Candreva recently released his latest book on the policy and practice of budgeting in the Department of Defense. The new textbook, entitled “National Defense Budgeting and Financial Management,” has been in print since May 31.

“Many of the faculty in GSBPP who teach budgeting classes used draft versions of the chapters in the last couple of years, providing feedback,” said Candreva. “Exercises in the book have been used with prior students ... who also provided valuable input.”

In addition to his colleagues’ support on campus, Candreva also gained valuable insight from senior officials in the Navy’s Office of Budget, and from staff of current members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The result, he hopes, is something that will equip students to be better government financial managers.

“This book goes into more detail on budgeting practices in the DOD, and as such, better equips our students for their actual day-to-day duties as financial managers,” said Candreva. “Further, this book, unlike its predecessors, has learning objectives, exercises and study questions. It is less of a research book and more of a traditional text with an emphasis on instruction.

Not all of the classes using the text are in the financial management program, Candreva adds. “There are budget classes that will use this book in the EMBA program, and in the master’s programs in program management, contract management, cost estimating and analysis, systems analysis, and information technology management.
 
“Managers of all types with budgetary responsibility could potentially be better stewards of those funds,” he continued. “I also think the book has value for continuing education for military and civilian members of the DOD’s financial management workforce.”

While the text has only been in print since May 31, it has already reached well beyond NPS.

“Naval War College faculty in Newport has bought several copies to assess whether they will adopt it in their programs,” said Candreva. “And former NPS professor Dr. Douglas Brook, who graciously wrote the book’s foreword, will use the text in his classes at Duke University.”

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