On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Senators John Warner and Chuck Hagel in a forum on the Law of the Sea Convention hosted by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Atlantic Council. Secretary Panetta urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Convention in order to protect U.S. security interests. “Treaty law remains the firmest legal foundation upon which to base our global presence, on, above, and below the seas,” Secretary Panetta said, adding “How can we argue that other nations must abide by international rules, when we haven’t officially accepted those rules.”
To learn more about the national security rationale for ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention, see our recent study Security at Sea.
Secretary Panetta addresses the audience of the Forum on the Law of the Sea on
Wednesday, May 9, 2010. Courtesy of Glenn Fawcett and the Department of