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Only we lack a critical capability in the competition for energy security: As a nonparty to the convention, we cannot maximize international recognition and legal certainty concerning the extended shelf off Alaska (and elsewhere). We also are precluded from nominating an expert to the technical body whose recommendations will lend certainty and stability to the establishment of sovereignty over an extended shelf by the other four Arctic nations.

It is the judgment of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and every living former chief of naval operations that joining the convention advances our national security.

CAPT. PATRICK J. NEHER

Deputy assistant judge advocate

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International and operational law

Navy

Arlington

Police chief’s rising star

With regard to “Lanier vows better ties to community” (Metropolitan, Wednesday): Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier has been officially in her position as D.C.’s top cop since the beginning of 2007, and she has let no grass grow under her feet. She hit the ground running by being productive in leading her department’s crime-fighting efforts. With a tough act to follow in the shoes of her predecessor, former Chief Charles H. Ramsey, she has thrown herself into the job full time and at full speed ahead.

With a multitude of crime-fighting demands and the institution of various initiatives that include her “all hands on deck” strategy that satisfies the public’s demand for a greater police presence on the streets, Chief Lanier is assertively giving her all to make a dent in the continuing crime rate that plagues the city. She is empathetic to the concerns of victims and survivors as evidenced by her meeting, a few months ago, with the mother of Chandra Levy, the Capitol Hill intern whose remains were discovered in Rock Creek Park. The case, still unsolved, is one that lingers in the memory of law enforcement officials in the region, and it is one that Chief Lanier has vowed to pursue.

Selected by Mayor Adrian Fenty as the city’s first female chief, expectations for her are high. Her performance is being scrutinized in many areas and, undoubtedly, she feels the pressure. She is likely working long hours at a daunting pace to make a noticeable difference. Provided she is allowed to do her job and run the department as she sees fit absent micromanagement and outside interference, she should have no problem in continuing as a fast-rising star.

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct Professor

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