Implementation-Policy Transition

One Year Out

An Assessment of DADT Repeal’s Impact on Military Readiness
September 10, 2012
Belkin, et al.

The first academic study of the effects of repealing “don't ask, don’t tell” has found that the new policy of open service has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. Co-authors of the study, whose publication coincides with the anniversary of DADT repeal, include professors at the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Marine Corps War College.  read more »

Military Training Can Be Accomplished Quickly

December 22, 2010
Aaron Freed

Using case studies of other Pentagon training efforts, this study shows that: the Pentagon can quickly train all personnel regardless of status or location (including combat zones); training is not prerequisite to a policy going into force; the repeal of DADT does not necessitate formal and elaborate training programs.  read more »

Scholars Urge Ninth Circuit to Question Recycled Pentagon Myths

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October 19, 2010
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Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123, cathy@rennacommunications.com
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Santa Barbara, Calif. (October 19, 2010) - The Justice Department has announced that if Judge Virginia Phillips denies the government's request to allow the military to enforce "don't ask, don't tell," it will appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As it makes its case to the appellate court, the government likely will continue to assert that last week's suspension of the ban entails negative consequences. It will likely suggest that any absence of negative consequences in the first week of the suspension is because gay troops have remained silent about their sexual orientation thus far.  read more »

Palm Center Challenges Flawed Pentagon Premise in New Court Filing

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Pentagon Says it Cannot Do What it is Already Doing
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October 15, 2010
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CONTACT: Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123, cathy@rennacommunications.com
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Santa Barbara, Calif. (October 15, 2010) - Today, the Palm Center responded to the Pentagon's declaration, issued as part of the Department of Justice's filing in the Log Cabin Republicans v. United States case. The declaration opposes any immediate suspension of "don't ask, don't tell" on the grounds that it would be "likely to impair unit cohesion, good order, discipline, and military readiness." It also stated that "the stakes here are so high, and the potential harm so great, that caution is in order."  read more »

Scholars Ask Pentagon to Show "Consequences" from Halt to Gay Discharges

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October 14, 2010
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Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123, cathy@rennacommunications.com
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Santa Barbara, CA. (October 14, 2010) - Today, the Palm Center submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking the Department of Defense for reports and data which show the "consequences" from the two-day injunction of Federal District Court Judge Virginia Phillips.  read more »

Palm Questions Gates's Claim That Open Service Has "Enormous Consequences"

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October 13, 2010
Press Contact: 
Indra Lusero, Director of Operations, 303-902-9402, lusero@palmcenter.ucsb.edu; Cathy Renna, cathy@rennacommunications.com, 917-757-6123
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Santa Barbara, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2010) - Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared that a federal court's injunction of "don't ask, don't tell" would have "enormous consequences for our troops." Secretary Gates added that permitting gay and lesbian troops to serve openly "is an action that requires careful preparation and a lot of training.  read more »

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

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As I step away from ten years of researching and speaking about "don't ask, don't tell," questions swirl about the fate of a policy that mandates deception in the name of morale; that has wasted the talents of thousands of badly needed personnel while filling shortfalls with ex-convicts and drug abusers; and that's been a needless and undeserved indignity to a group of American citizens who simply want to serve their country like millions of others who proudly wear the uniform.  read more »

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Fires Back at Service Chiefs on Don't Ask Don't Tell

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After the Chiefs of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines sent letters to Congress today in a last-ditch effort to block the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili responded in force by sending his own letter to the Hill.  read more »

What Does Victory on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Look Like?

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There has never been a law and policy quite like 'don't ask, don't tell.' It is uniquely bad, which is saying something for Washington. In 1993, it was called an 'interim compromise.' And yes, it certainly did compromise our military and American values. It tried to look reasonable but never was.  read more »

Jim Crow? Really?

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I am so glad that I was wrong.  For two years, I have been predicting that Congress would not have what it takes to pass "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation.

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