Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon for this year's Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at the U.S. Department of State. At the conclusion of the day's discussions, Secretaries Clinton and Gates will join Ministers Smith and Fitzgibbon for a joint press conference in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Room at 3:30 pm. Media interested in attending should contact, EAP Melanie Higgins (202) 647-2538 or Office of Press Relations (202) 647-2492.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will attend an 11:45 a.m. EDT White House event when the President will make an announcement highlighting a plan to improve the health care system for America's veterans.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.