Indra Lusero's blog

Research Needed: Transgender Military Service

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As the Director of the Transgender Military Initiative, I am thrilled to be commissioning 11 studies to enhance the quality of information available for evaluating transgender service in the United States military, and to address questions related to readiness, morale, welfare, personnel requirements and management.  read more »

Policing Gender in the Military

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Lt. Col. Edie Disler's censure comes as no surprise in light of the epidemic of violence against women in the military.

Blueprints Blog Attracts Top-Notch Writers

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The Palm Center is happy to expand the conversation in Blueprints: The Palm Center Blog by including the voices of several experts in our weekly rotation.

Palm Center Welcomes New Board Member

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We are honored to welcome Andrew Lane, Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation, to our Board of Directors.

Inaccuracy Persists: Compliance Isn't About Silence

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Despite public support for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy many still fail to understand what it says and how it works. In a recent article at NBC Los Angeles online, Caitlin Millat makes a common mistake by stating that the 11 service members discharged in January "wouldn't comply with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and openly discussed their homosexuality."

On the Other Side of Change

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The BBC announced today that President Obama has ended the Bush administration prohibition against using government funding to support stem cell research. The ban has been in effect since 2001 and was reversed by an executive order, a device the President also used to end the policy known as the "global gag rule" at the end of January.

Beyond False Choices: Risk-Takers, Doers, Makers of Things

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The end of "don't ask, don't tell" will inevitably be far less political and more collaborative than its creation was 15 years ago. President Obama's rhetoric demands it.

A New View for the New Year

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It's useful to take a step back every now and then, and to look upon ourselves with curiosity - maybe we'll identify blind spots, reassess, and find new ways to operate more efficiently.

Harms to Reputation

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It may be more clear now than ever how reputation works to generate political currency for politicians. The same is true for the military.

High Cost Solutions

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While congress struggles to agree on details of the biggest financial bailout of our history, I got to thinking about government spending in general...  read more »

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