This seems to be a first: an article in the Joint Forces Quarterly, an influential warfighting journal, contends that there is "no scientified evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly." The article, "The Efficacy Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, was first noticed by the Boston Globe. Author Col. Om Prakash happens to be detailed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which will undoubtedly draw even more attention to the article. Prakash concludes that the ban ought to be repealed and proposes several ways to make the transition.
"There will be some practical changes and certainly some cultural changes if Congress and the President move to lift the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the Armed Forces. These changes will not be confined to the heterosexual populations. Education, leadership, and support will be key elements in a smooth transition even though the cultural acceptance of homosexuals has grown dramatically in the 16 years since the passage of DADT," he writes. "In an attempt to allow homosexual Servicemembers to serve quietly, a law was created that forces a compromise in integrity, conflicts with the American creed of "equality for all," places commanders in difficult moral dilemmas, and is ultimately more damaging to the unit cohesion its stated purpose is to preserve. Furthermore, after a careful examination, there in a survey from Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, it was found that the decision to lift the ban had no impact on military performance President Obama seeks to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. ... Additionally, there is sufficient empirical evidence from foreign militaries to anticipate that incorporating homosexuals will introduce leadership challenges, but the challenges will not be insurmountable or affect unit cohesion and combat effectiveness. Though, as Congress clearly stated in 1993, serving in the military is not a constitutional right, lifting the ban on open service by homosexuals would more\ clearly represent the social mores of America in 2009 and more clearly represent the free and open society that serves as a model for the world. Ultimately, Servicemembers serving under values they believe in are the most effective force multipliers."