Survey: Troops would back 'don't ask' repeal

An internal Pentagon study has concluded that most U.S. troops and their families would support a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

The findings of the investigation were leaked over a month early to NBC News on Thursday night -- though the results will still not be released until December 1, when the Pentagon plans to reveal its plan for legislative repeal of the policy.

While President Obama; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have all supported the repeal of the controversial policy, the administration has opted to move slowly on the task so as not to affect military readiness as the nation fights two wars.

The survey, which was given to 400,000 troops and 150,000 family members, was issued in February as a part of a Pentagon investigation into the effects of repealing the policy within the military. Officials had expressed concern that a repeal could prompt a backlash within the forces.

As of last night, officials told NBC that the working group is analyzing the results of the survey and coordinating a plan to overturn the policy if Congress does repeal the law.

Earlier this month, a federal district court judge in California ruled that "don't ask, don't tell" was unconstitutional, effectively halting the practice.

The Obama administration, which supports legislative repeal, requested a halt on the injunction, adding that the administration planned to wait until the Pentagon report was released in December. A federal appeals court granted the request after it was denied by the judge.

Click here to get a glimpse of National Journal's new website.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.