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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 017-02
January 31, 2002

DoD to Conduct Fiscal 2003 Budget Briefings

The Department of Defense will conduct two news briefings on the fiscal 2003 DoD budget submission. Details of the Feb. 1 and Feb. 4 sessions follow:

Friday, Feb.1, 2002: The Department of Defense will conduct a background briefing on the fiscal 2003 DoD budget submission. Use of all materials and comments will be embargoed until Monday, Feb. 4, 2002 at 9 a.m. EST. Details of this background briefing are:

1:30 p.m. EST: Available materials will be provided to the press in Room 2E781, Pentagon Briefing Studio. A limited number of paper copies of the budget documents will be available to reporters only on Friday afternoon. On Monday, the official release day of the budget, copies will be available electronically at the following Internet site: http://www.dod.mil/comptroller/FY2003budget/.

2:30 p.m. EST: A Department of Defense official will conduct a background briefing on the overall budget package. Attribution will be to a senior DoD official upon lifting of the embargo. This briefing will be in the DoD briefing studio, Pentagon 2E781. No cameras will be allowed; tape recordings will be permitted for note taking purposes only.

3:30 p.m. EST approximately: Following the briefing, representatives of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military Services, and the Missile Defense Agency will answer questions in designated Pentagon locations as noted below. Upon lifting of the embargo, these officials will be attributable as "senior budget officials." SESSIONS ARE IN THE OSD CONFERENCE COMPLEX, Room 1E801:

DoD-wide questions: Room 5 of 1E801
Air Force questions: Room 1 of 1E801
Army questions: Room 4 of 1E801
Navy & USMC questions: Room 7 of 1E801
Missile Defense Agency: Room 6 of 1E801

Monday, Feb. 4, 2002: The department will provide an on the record briefing on the fiscal 2003 budget submission in the DoD briefing studio, Pentagon 2E781. Details will be provided separately. Camera and sound recordings will be permitted.

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