Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Iraqi Minister of Defense Abdul Qadir to the Pentagon today at 3:45 p.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele A. Flournoy and Commander, U.S. Central Command Gen. David H. Petraeus testify at hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Afghanistan at 9:30 a.m. EDT in room SD-G50, Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Secretary of Defense Representative to Post-START negotiations Edward L. Warner III testifies at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the new START Treaty at 2:30 p.m. EDT in room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building.