Leon Panetta on the World's Oceans

  • November 14, 2013


After representing coastal California in Congress and serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget and as White House chief of staff, Leon Panetta chaired the Pew Oceans Commission, which issued its recommendations a decade ago. Since then, he has served as  CIA director and secretary of defense. He now leads the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he spoke recently with Christopher Mann, a senior staff member for the commission who today is a director of environmental initiatives for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Excerpts of their conversation:


Leon Panetta on Changing the National Conversation About Oceans


Leon Panetta on What Still Needs to be Done to Protect the World's Oceans


Leon Panetta on National Security and Natural Security


Leon Panetta on Building Broad Consensus for Ocean Protections


Leon Panetta on Learning to Appreciate the Oceans


Topics: Oceans, Environment