U.S. ratification of UNCLOS would enhance PSI and freedom of navigation efforts
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The reality is that the increased legitimacy obtained through ratification of UNCLOS can be leveraged to enhance PACOM shaping operations in the South China Sea. Specifically, increased legitimacy would improve the legal standing of U.S. operations conducted under the Freedom of Navigation (FON) Program, and break down barriers currently restricting recruitment to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). , In both cases this could potentially reduce the operational requirements of the theater commander and result in increased multilateral maritime security cooperation.