Behind the Scenes
The Palm Center’s research and communications paved the way for change by discrediting arguments that sustained military bans and illustrating the irrationality and costs of policies based on fear rather than facts. Adjacent to our public efforts, Palm worked behind the scenes to provide clear information and interpretation to military and political leaders responsible for considering and implementing new policy. Palm staff provided expertise in the form of confidential policy memos and letters explaining the meaning, impact, and context of changes that were being considered.
We played a particularly robust role in educating officials tasked with lifting the transgender ban, for which we provided members of the military’s repeal working group, as well as staff in the White House and Congress, with over 20 policy memos designed to ensure that officials adopted best practices in the formulation and implementation of administrative and medical aspects of repeal. Most of our recommendations were incorporated into the inclusive policy that the Pentagon released in June 2016.
Below are never-before-published memos and documents that Palm distributed behind the scenes to inform military and political leaders tasked with studying or advising about changes in policy.