DEFINITION
Six Year Defense Program

The official DoD document which summarizes forces and resources associated with programs approved by SECDEF. Its three parts are the organizations affected, appropriations accounts (RDT&E, operations & maintenance, etc.), and the 10 major force programs (strategic forces, airlift/sealift, R&D, etc.). R&D is Program 6. Under the annual PPBS cycle, SYDP is published normally three times: October, January and May. The primary data element in SYDP representing aggregation of organizational entities and related resources is the program element.

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