Gates Will Relax 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement This Week

05/24/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Spencer Ackerman Spencer Ackerman

When the Pentagon's leadership announced a process to end the military's ban on open gay service before Congress, Defense Secretary Robert Gates played the cautionary role. Gates told senators that he would put together a study group, led by Army Lt. Gen. Carter Ham and Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson, to study the least-disruptive ways to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


"He will announce changes to the way the current law is being enforced that make it more difficult to begin investigations and kick people out," said a defense source who would not speak for the record ahead of Gates's announcement.

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