The People's Republic of China (PRC) uses lawfare in the South China Sea and across the world in order to advance its national interests. The United States lacks a coherent, unified national strategy for the use of lawfare. In an era of Great Power Competition the United States cannot cede the field to the PRC in this important arena. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the South China Sea, where the PRC uses lawfare to slowly but surely reshape the status quo in its favor. By implementing a Combined Joint Task Force to focus on the operational employment of lawfare in the South China Sea the United States can retake the initiative in this important area. Doing so would allow the United States to more efficiently coordinate efforts among international partners; would serve as a focal point for expertise on questions of lawfare and the South China Sea; and would allow the United States to conduct information operations, an important aspect of effective lawfare.