From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq carefully tiptoed around the "Dont Ask, Dont Tell" issue today but came dangerously close to saying, If it ain't broke, dont fix it.
Odierno first told reporters in the Pentagon briefing room today that he's been so busy fighting the war in Iraq he hasn't had time to ask his troopers what they think of repealing Dont Ask/Dont Tell, but he said he did support Defense Secretary Gates' decision to conduct a very deliberate review of the matter of the next six to 12 months.
"This is a critical time in our history here," Odierno emphasized. "We're' in two wars right now, so I want to see it done properly."
But when asked for his personal opinion about repeal of "Dont Ask, Don't Tell," he implied he doesn't think it's necessary, because he thinks the policy is working fine as is.
"As we've gone through this 'Dont Ask, Dont Tell,' to me, it's become a non-issue as we've moved forward," he said. "I haven't seen any issues, [problems with the policy). That doesnt mean it's right."
While saying he thinks everyone should be allowed to serve, Odierno stressed, "What I want is a force that's capable of doing what we ask, because this is life and death. So what I'm more interested in is how we implement this, and do we implement it in such a way where it doesnt put out forces at risk."
Pentagon names new intelligence director
Defense Secretary Robert Gates today announced a new director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- Leticia Long will be the first female director of the agency and the first female to head up an intelligence agency.
Long has served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency since 2006.
The NGA is an intelligence agency that falls under the Department of Defense to collect and analyze aerial and satellite imagery