Today in the Department of Defense, September 20, 2017
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis provides the keynote address at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Air Force Association 2017 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland. His remarks will also be streamed live on www.defense.gov/live.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosts an enhanced honor cordon welcoming the Honourable Marise Payne, the Minister for Defence for the Commonwealth of Australia, to the Pentagon at 2 p.m. EDT on the steps of the River Entrance. All journalists desiring to cover the cordon must obtain a wristband from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon facility access card must go through security screening at the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge, and will be escorted to the cordon from there. Security screening will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. EDT; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Journalists with a Pentagon facility access card, and whom have entered the building prior to 1 p.m. EDT, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband. All journalists wishing to cover the honor cordon, including those with a Pentagon facility access card, must be in place no later than 1:45 p.m. EDT. Once security screening has been initiated at the base of the bridge, all journalists entering the building via the bridge for any reason, including those with a Pentagon facility access card not covering the honor cordon, must undergo security screening. Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. have no public or media events on their schedules.
Rear Adm. Ronald A. Boxall, director, Surface Warfare (N96), U.S. Navy, provides remarks at 6:30 a.m. EDT at the Navy League special topic breakfast, Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, Virginia.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller provides remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the Modern Day Marine Expo, Kelton Ave., Quantico, Virginia.
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, discusses 21st century deterrence at 1:30 p.m. EDT at the Hudson Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia.