Both the Wall Street Journal and NBC News are reporting this evening that top Pentagon officials -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- are set to announce that they are certifying that the military is ready to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a requirement before repeal under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act signed into law in Dec 2010.
From the WSJ:
Top defense officials plan to certify Friday that the Pentagon is ready to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military, officials said, a landmark moment after almost two decades of controversy.
From NBC News's Shawna Thomas:
NBC's @JimMiklaszewski/@cmkube: Sr Officials say Panetta/Joint Chiefs have certified military ready to repeal #DADT. Announcement [Friday]
[UPDATE: Read Metro Weekly's full report: "Military Ready for DADT Repeal Certification, But Log Cabin Pushes Forward With Court Challenge"]