Dr. James Belanich is a research scientist at the Institute for Defense Analaysis (IDA). He is currently working on projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education program evaluation, personnel systems using competencies, voluntary education, and training with augmented reality. He is currently a member of the U.S. Army's Education Advisory Committee. Additionally, he spent 11 years as a research psychologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), where his research focused on improving the effectiveness of training methods and tools. He has authored/coauthored numerous research reports, journal articles, and book chapters on training methods, distributed learning, game-based training, instructional technology, and adaptive technology. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology - learning Processes from the city University of New York in 2001.