Balys Gintautas is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has a B.S. in biology with a minor in Japanese from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).
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 Pardee RAND Graduate School, he hopes to become a pilot or an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, a regional affairs specialist, and ultimately, an Air Attaché in East Asia.
For his dissertation research, Gintautas is conducting an anthropological study of how the U.S. military is perceived 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.