July 21, 2011
By Adam Bink
My news alerts are lighting up with reports from the Wall Street Journal and NBC Pentagon reporters that the Pentagon is preparing to certify repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” According to the law, when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the new Secretary of Defense, and the President all certify repeal in writing, then after 60 days elapses (a provision demanded by the late Sen. Byrd to “thoroughly review the implementation policy once certified”), “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be no more.
More as the story develops.
Update: Statement from Alex at Servicemembers United:
“The timing of this announcement is in line with our expectations about Secretary Panetta waiting to settle into his new position at the Pentagon, surveying the landscape, and seeking feedback from his chiefs and commanders before making a move on certification. We are glad to see that just three weeks into his tenure as Secretary of Defense, he is already confident that this policy change can take place with little or no disruption to military readiness.”
And Aubrey at SLDN:
“This Pentagon certification received by the White House this afternoon is welcomed by gay and lesbian service members who have had to serve their country in silence for far too long. The troops and their commanders are ready. Our nation’s top military leaders have testified that commanders see no significant challenges ahead. The official certification to Congress that the armed forces are prepared for the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should go to Capitol Hill tomorrow with the President’s signature.”