Washington (CNN) – The Pentagon is trying to be low-key about today's Lady Gaga rally in Maine. When asked if Pentagon officials would be watching Lady Gaga's rally to urge Senators to repeal "don't ask don't tell" a senior defense official said, "No, not really."
A second defense official says the event is clearly aimed at the political side of the argument, and isn't likely to sway the minds of military officials one way or another.
The top brass is already on record with their opinions: both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen have said publicly they support repealing "don't ask don't tell," but the defense official says troops as a whole have wildly different opinions on the issue.
The military already has working groups in place, looking at how it would implement the change if it comes to that. The groups are looking at everything from housing to entitlements, and even personal displays of affection. The defense official insists the groups are not taking a position on whether "don't ask don't tell" should be repealed – their job is to look at how the military would deal with a situation if "don't ask don't tell" is no longer the law.
The military is also going over surveys that troops sent in, answering various questions on "don't ask don't tell." As of today, the working group has received nearly 38,000 additional surveys from family members: husbands and wives of service members, who were also sent a separate survey to gauge their feelings on a potential repeal of "don't ask don't tell," and how it would affect the military and military families.