Balys Gintautas is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) with a B.S. in biology and a minor in Japanese. Balys has also earned his master's degree in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Topically, Gintautas' research interests include international affairs and diplomacy, foreign policy, defense strategy and planning, security cooperation and assistance. Geographically, he is interested in East Asia and Eastern Europe. While at USAFA, he studied in Japan five times, represented the U.S. Air Force at the International Cadet Leadership Conference in Yokosuka, Japan, and participated in a semester exchange at the National Defense Academy of Japan. He is currently a member of the Air Force's Language Enabled Airman program for Japanese. Upon graduation from PRGS, he will go to Yokota Air Base, Japan where he will serve as a contracting officer.
For his dissertation research, Gintautas is conducting an anthropological study of how the U.S. military in Okinawan culture. The results of his research will provide a more nuanced and reliable understanding of how different demographics of Okinawans regard the U.S. military, allowing U.S. and Japanese policymakers struggling to improve community-base relations to make plans, policies, and communications in a more strategic, culturally aware, and mutually acceptable manner.