Every assessment from U.S. military and intelligence leaders has supported ratification of UNCLOS as in the national interest of the U.S.
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Every Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has supported UNCLOS since it was originally sent to the Senate for advice and consent in 1994.174 Joining UNCLOS would in no way impede the US military in accomplishing its global objectives or in asserting maritime power. Every commander of the various US combatant forces as well as the Director of National Intelligence has confirmed this claim.175 Additionally, joining UNCLOS would require the military to make no changes to existing policy with respect to the use of oceans.176 In other words, UNCLOS would not adversely affect the US military in any way; in fact, acceding to the Convention would significantly enhance US strategic goals and strengthen US ability to apply maritime power effectively.177
Top defense officials, including the current and all former Chiefs of Naval Operations, have lined up to publicly support U.S. accession to UNCLOS. In addition, the Defense Department has repeatedly endorsed ratification in numerous studies and planning documents.