Douglas Batson joined the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a human geographer in 2004. A German and Turkish linguist, he is also a staff member to the Foreign Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. He previously worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Justice, and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from Excelsior College, a Master of Education from Boston University, and a Certificate in Peace Support Operations from the Peace Operations Training Institute. Batson is the author Registering the Human Terrain: a Valuation of Cadastre, and co-author of Citizen-Soldier-Expatriates in America’s Tank Division.