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11:30 a.m. (EST) Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will host an honor cordon to welcome Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani of the State of Qatar to the Pentagon. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. There will not be a media availability following the cordon. Media interested in audiovisual coverage of this event may contact Terry Mitchell at (703) 695-0169.


3:30 p.m. (EST) Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre will deliver the keynote address to a panel of national security experts as part of the Vice President's Conference on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity Among Justice and Security Officials, at George C. Marshall Hall, Fort Lesley J. McNair. Following Hamre's remarks, Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera will co-chair a panel discussion. The discussion is expected to last about three hours. This event is open to the media and transportation is available to media interesting in attending. A bus will depart the Mall Entrance at 3 p.m. For details, contact Lt. Col. Bill Darley at (703) 697-4162.


1 BT Contracts
2 PA Honor Cordon for Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar
3 PA Exercise Kernal Blitz Briefing


House Floor Action The House is scheduled to meet at 10:00 a.m. and to consider one bill: H.R. 669 - to amend the Peace Corps Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2000 through 2003 to carry out that Act, and for other purposes.
Senate Floor Action The Senate schedule is uncertain.
9 a.m. (EST)
2118 Rayburn
The House Committee on Armed Services will conduct an OPEN hearing to markup H.R. 4 -- a bill to declare it to be the policy of the U.S. to deploy a national missile defense. No DoD witnesses are scheduled. Immediately following the markup, the Committee will hold a hearing on ballistic missile defense programs.
9:30 a.m. (EST)
B-300 Rayburn
The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction will conduct an OPEN hearing on Military Family Housing Construction. Scheduled witnesses include: Dr. John Hamre, Deputy Secretary of Defense
9:30 a.m. (EST)
216 Hart
The Senate Committee on Armed Services will conduct an OPEN hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Kosovo. Scheduled witnesses include Walter B. Slocombe, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Thomas R. Pickering, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; and General Wesley K. Clark, CINC, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
9:30 a.m. (EST)
345 Cannon
The Joint Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will conduct an OPEN hearing on Legislative Proposals of Veterans Organizations. Scheduled witnesses include representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Fleet Reserve, Retired Enlisted Association, Gold Star Wives of America, and Air Force Sergeants Association.
9:30 a.m. (EST)
H-140 Capitol
The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense will conduct a CLOSED hearing on U.S. Southern Command Posture and the Fiscal 2000 Defense Budget. Scheduled witnesses include General Charles E. Wilhelm, USMC, Commander in Chief, SOUTHCOM.
10 a.m. (EST)
2118 Rayburn
The House Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Research and Development will conduct an OPEN hearing on Ballistic Missile Defense. Scheduled witnesses include: Dr. Gansler, USD(Acquisition and Technology); General Lyles, Director, BMDO; and Lt. Gen. Gregory S. Martin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.
2 p.m.
H-405 Capitol
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will conduct a CLOSED hearing on FBI Investigative Techniques and Activities. Witnesses have not been announced.


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