DADT hearings are next week with Gates and Mullen as witnesses

Following up on John’s post below, things are happening quickly on the repeal of DADT. The Senate Armed Services will hold a hearing on the issue next Tuesday, February 2nd:

A senior defense official says to expect Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen provide more details about the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during the Senate Budget hearings next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another official said the current idea is to have the Senate Armed Services hearing on the budget for a few hours and then switch to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for the last hour or so.

And, that’s exactly what is going to happen according to the Senate Armed Services Committee website. Earlier this week, the Committee’s website piqued my interest when there was no DADT hearing scheduled, despite a promise by Chairman Carl Levin to hold a hearing by the end of January. This is a very good signal. Here are the details:

9:00 a.m.* – 12:00 p.m.:

To receive testimony in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2011, the Future Years Defense Program, the 2011 Quadrennial Defense Review, and the 2011 Missile Defense Review.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:

To receive testimony relating to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.*

Witnesses During Both Portions of the Hearing:

Honorable Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense

Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

* Notice is amended to show a change in the start time and to show an additional subject matter to be discussed between 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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