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Military leaders to Senate Armed Services Committee: Time to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen

Just two days after the Pentagon released its findings from a 10-month study on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the Senate Armed Services Committee hosted a hearing on the report today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, testified in addition to Gen. Carter Ham, who co-chaired the Pentagon's Working Group.

Gates and Mullen both testified that Congress should act to repeal the policy during the current lame-duck session.

Gates stressed the importance of having Congress act before the courts forced a policy shift without time for the military to prepare for the change. Gates made similar statements before reporters earlier in the week.

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Obama renews call for DADT repeal after Pentagon report

President Barack Obama calls for DADT repeal

President Barack Obama responded to the Pentagon’s report on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” yesterday after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Adm. Mullen presented the report’s findings to reporters.

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Pentagon study: Majority of military sees no negative impact from openly gay troops

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, answered questions today regarding the Pentagon's finalized report on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Both Gates and Mullen thanked the authors of the study for their work over the last 10 months and reiterated their desire to see Congress pass a repeal of the law during the current lame-duck session.

"I fully endorse the report, its findings and the implementation plan," Mullen said.

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Pentagon DADT report drops today

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.

Both Gates and Mullen have called for the policy to be repealed.

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.

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Adm. Mullen: Congress should repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this session

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday and called for Congress to pass a repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during the current lame-duck session.

Also announced yesterday was an early release of the Pentagon’s report on a study of the policy. The report will be issued on Nov. 30, instead of Dec. 1, according to ABC.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he planned to reintroduce the 2011 defense authorization bill that would include repeal language for DADT. Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have called for the policy to be repealed before the next session of Congress.