What an incredible speaker he is. I'm impressed.
This showed up on the top page of Google News. There are a lot of good points in this story, particularly as it relates to the myriad questions that will likely arise should DADT be repealed.http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/12/02/dadt.future.questions/On a smooth transition:
It comes down to strong leadership, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Sarvis agreed, saying that "leadership, education and training are the three key components. This is not reinventing the wheel. For there to be a smooth implementation, all three of those elements will have to be at the forefront."
Singer, too, said, "Leadership is the key to success."
"Essentially, if the ban is lifted, service men and women are going to be looking to their superior officers for guidance," he said. On privacy and discomfort over sharing bathrooms or housing:
The report recommends "against separate facilities. ... The creation of a third or possibly fourth category of bathroom facilities and living quarters, whether at bases or forward deployed areas, would be a logistical nightmare, expensive and impossible to administer."
The report's authors added that separate facilities would stigmatize gay and lesbian service members "in a manner reminiscent of 'separate but equal' facilities for blacks prior to the 1960s."On special minority status:
"In a new environment in which gay and lesbian service members can be open about their sexual orientation, we believe they will be accepted more readily if the military community understands that they are simply being permitted equal footing with everyone else," the report said.On those discharged coming back:
According to the report, those forced out under the law should be allowed to return, without the reason for their dismissal being considered as part of their application.On benefits for gay spouses or partners:
The authors of the report urged more study, including a full review in a year of any policy change.
Even with a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," not all benefits would be available to gay service members and their partners because of the Defense of Marriage Act, in which the federal government defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.On military housing:
"We do not recommend at this time that military family housing be included in the benefits eligible for this member-designated approach," the report said. "Military housing is a limited resource and complicated to administer and a system of member designation would create occasions for abuse and confusion."On operational effectiveness:
Canadian forces Maj. Gen. Walter Semianiw told the Brookings panel that he found "no impact to reflect on operational effectiveness by having men and women of any sexual orientation fighting together, be it in Afghanistan ... be it in Iraq, be it on many key peacekeeping missions over the many, many years."
In their discussion of the report on Tuesday, Gates and Mullen agreed.On unit cohesion:
Those in favor of changing the law point out that U.S. troops are already serving with NATO troops who are openly gay, so they believe concerns over unit cohesion are unfounded.
For Cooper, who is openly gay and serving as a reservist, his combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq taught him that being open is a nonissue.
"Even before we were in a combat environment in Iraq and Afghanistan, we were already doing joint exercises with our NATO allies and we have been for decades," he said. "So have U.S. servicemen been serving next to open service personnel? Yes. In fact, some of them have been under the U.S. command."
Cooper shared a personal story in which a gay Australian soldier came out in a very low-key way, which caused "no change in behavior."
"He didn't walk up and say 'I'm gay.' He got a case sent to him from Melbourne and people said, 'Oh is that from your mom? Is that from your girl?' [He said], 'No, it's from my dude.'"