Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld hosts an honor cordon to welcome Australian Minister of Defense Brendan Nelson to the Pentagon at 2 p.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon Mall Entrance. Media must be at the Pentagon North Parking Entrance no later than 1:30 p.m. EDT for escort to the cordon.
Secretary Rumsfeld and Minister Nelson will conduct a news briefing at 2:45 p.m. EDT in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579. Media without a Pentagon building pass interested in covering this event must have proof of press affiliation and two forms of photo identification and should be at the North Parking Entrance by 2 p.m. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort to the briefing.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on his schedule.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long and Commanding General, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee at 10 a .m. EDT in room 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.