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Electronic Town Hall Meet Showcases Defense Reform

By Paul Stone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 1999 – Service members and civilians can gain new insights into the Defense Reform Initiative during a live, interactive, electronic town hall meeting here March 4 to be broadcast by satellite and made available via the Internet.

Called "Defense Reform, Partnership in Excellence," the broadcast will be hosted by Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre and feature a panel of senior DoD leaders. The broadcast is designed to update the military community on defense reform progress and to share ideas, according to Mary Margaret Evans, deputy director of DoD's Defense Reform Office. She said viewers can participate by telephoning or faxing in questions and having them answered during the broadcast.

"It's important for all of DoD to hear about defense reform efforts and for us to hear about what those in the field are thinking," Evans said. "That's why we're making this interactive. We're hoping to get strong audience participation."

The Defense Reform Initiative, announced in November 1997, is a long-term strategy to incorporate successful civilian business practices into the way DoD conducts its business affairs.

Community and base televisions can receive the satellite broadcast from the GETN network. Visit the web site at www.acq.osd.mil/dau/arcc/sbsched.html for information. [link no longer available] The broadcast will run from 11:30 a.m. EST and end at 1 p.m. Telephone and fax lines to receive questions will be open during the entire broadcast. Call-in numbers are 800-879-3166/2166. The fax number is (202) 408-4977.

"We hope this broadcast will send a message to everyone that Mr. Cohen (Defense Secretary William Cohen) wants their help in defense reform efforts," Evans said. "It's a great opportunity for those who deal with defense reform issues to get more involved and become part of the process."

Anyone with Internet access, a sound card and speakers can participate at a desktop computer. The Internet address is: http://134.152.222.100/Starlive/default.asp. [link no longer available]. Information on how to set up computers for viewing is available at DoD's Acquisition Reform Web site: http://www.acq.osd.mil/acqweb/vsc. [link no longer available]. For more information on locations other than the Internet to view the broadcast call: (888) 747-ARCC.

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