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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 058-04
January 29, 2004

DoD to Conduct Fiscal 2005 Budget Briefings

The Department of Defense will conduct two news briefings on the fiscal 2005 DoD budget submission.

Friday, Jan. 30:

11 a.m. EST: Paper copies of the budget documents will be available for news media representatives in the DoD Press Office, Pentagon 2E565. Use of all materials and comments will be embargoed until Monday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. EST.

1:30 p.m. EST: A senior defense official will conduct a background briefing on the overall budget package in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579. Attribution will be to a "senior DoD official" upon lifting of the embargo on Monday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. EST. No cameras will be allowed; tape recordings will be permitted for note taking purposes only.

2:30 p.m. EST: Following the briefing, representatives from OSD and the military services will answer questions in designated Pentagon locations as noted below. Upon lifting of the embargo, these officials will be quoted as "senior (service) budget officials."

Follow-up Sessions:

DoD-wide: Remain in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579

Air Force: OSD Conference Complex, Pentagon 2C554, Room #1

Army: Army Conference Room, Pentagon 3C342

Navy & Marine Corps: OSD Conference Complex 2C554, Pentagon Room #2

Monday, Feb. 2:

9 a.m. EST: EMBARGO LIFTED. Electronic copies of the 2005 DoD budget submission will be available at http://www.dod.mil/comptroller/defbudget/fy2005/index.html.

2 p.m. EST: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will conduct a briefing followed by the official announcement of the fiscal 2005 budget submission in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579.

Media without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive NLT 45 minutes prior to either of the above scheduled events and have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.