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Electronic Town Hall Meeting Set March 23

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2000 – Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre will give DoD personnel an update via the Internet on the Defense Reform Initiative March 23.

This is another in a series of Electronic Town Hall meetings. Entitled “DRI Checkpoint 2000: On the Road to Excellence,” this will be the last DRI Secretary Hamre will participate in. He leaves office March 31.

For more information on the Webcast, go to www.defenselink .mil/dodreform and click on satellite broadcast.

The Electronic Town Hall will allow DoD employees around the world to ask questions via e-mail, fax or phone. It begins at 1:30 p.m. and will run through 3 p.m.

The Town Hall will be hosted by Stan Soloway, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition reform. Soloway is also in charge of coordinating DoD’s Defense Reform Initiative effort. He is quick to say the two efforts have not merged.

“The Defense Reform Initiative office has a small staff, but it is separate from acquisition reform,” he said. “What this allows us to do is cross-pollinate a bit to leverage off the skills of each other, because clearly acquisition and logistics reform is a huge piece of the DRI.”

The panel will consist of Jerry Hultin, undersecretary of the Navy; Army Lt. Gen. John McDuffie, the Joint Staff director for logisitcs; Tom Bloom, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service director; and representatives from Defense command, control, communications and intelligence and the Air Force.

Those wishing to ask questions can call (800) 897-7227. Those wishing to fax questions can do so to (800) 879-2166. Those wishing to e-mail questions in to the panel will be directed how to do so on the Web site.

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