Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts a Full Honors Arrival Ceremony to welcome Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense Gen. Guillermo Galvan to the Pentagon today at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The ceremony will be held on the Pentagon River Parade Field. 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.
The Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nominations of John M. McHugh to be Secretary of the Army; Joseph W. Westphal to be Under Secretary of the Army and Juan M. Garcia III to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at 9:30 a.m. EDT in room SD 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Alexander Vershbow and Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on the U.S. security relationship with Russia and its impact on transatlantic security at 10 a.m. EDT in room HVC 210.
DoD General Counsel, Jeh Charles Johnson testifies at a hearing of the Committee on the Judiciary on Proposals for Reform of the Military Commissions System at 1 p.m. EDT in room 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development, and Acquisition Sean J. Stackley and Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on efforts to improve shipbuilding effectiveness at 2 p.m. EDT in room 2212 Rayburn House Office Building.