The 10-month Pentagon study on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will be released this afternoon, according to multiple media reports. The Associated Press reports that the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, will present the study’s findings to Congress this morning and will address reporters later in the day.
According to a Department of Defense press release, the report will be presented to journalists at 2:00 p.m. EST.
According to early leaked information, as much as 70 percent of respondents to a survey of military spouses and servicemembers concluded that lifting the ban would be positive, have mixed results or no results on the current military.
The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nv.), recently said that the Senate would address the 2011 Defense Authorization bill during the lame-duck session, with DADT repeal language included. A hearing on the report is already scheduled for the Senate Armed Services Committee for Dec. 2 and 3.