The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Governance

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Join us as Rear Admiral Batson speaks about how the U.S. Coast Guard, through its 11 statutory missions and its status as a law enforcement agency, regulatory agency, member of the U.S. intelligence community, and one of the nation’s six armed services exercises its exceptionally broad statutory authority to provide maritime governance around the world.

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Rear Admiral Batson is Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Coast Guard. He leads over 400 judge advocates and civilian attorneys in the delivery of legal services worldwide to support the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions, as well as their cutters, aircraft, and people. He assumed his current duties in June after serving as the Chief of Staff for the Fifth Coast Guard District, where he was responsible for Coast Guard operational forces and missions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

He has also served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s national field-level legal command; as the Chief of the Office of Legal Policy and Program Development; and he has extensive experience as a military justice practitioner, having served as a prosecutor, a Military Judge, and a member of DoD interservice team of experts that drafted the Military Justice Act of 2016, one of the most significant revisions to the UCMJ since its adoption. Outside the legal program, Admiral Batson served as the Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Commandant, Executive Officer of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area operational intelligence fusion center, as Senior Investigating Officer and Chief of Waterways Management for the west Coast of Florida, and aboard the Coast Guard Cutter WOODRUSH in Sitka, Alaska.

Rear Admiral Batson is 1987 graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Music Industry Studies, a 1998 graduate of Troy University with Master of Public Administration degree; a 2014-2015 Seminar XXI Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies; and a 2016 graduate of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, where he earned the Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He received his law degree in 2002 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


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