Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England have no public or media events on their schedules.
Paul Brinkley, deputy under secretary of Defense for Business Transformation and director, Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations – Iraq, and Fawzi Hariri, Iraq’s Minister of Industry and Minerals, will hold a news conference on the progress of the task force including the reopening of Iraqi factories, private sector development and modernization at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 4, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.