Dr. Winston “Wink” Bennett, Jr., Readiness Product Line Lead, 711th Human Performance Wing

Dr. Winston “Wink” Bennett, Jr.

Readiness Product Line Lead, 711th Human Performance Wing
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Wink received his Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1995. He is currently the Readiness Product Line Lead for the Airman Systems Directorate located at Wright Patterson AFB Ohio. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. He is also an Air Force Research Laboratory Research Fellow and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is the USAF representative to the NATO Modeling and Simulation Group (NMSG). He has been involved in NATO-related research activities for over 20 years. He has also been involved in I/ITSEC committee and program work for a number of years as well. He is spearheading the Combat Air Forces migration to proficiency-based training and is conducting research related to the integration of live and virtual training and performance environments to improve mission readiness and job proficiency. He served as the Technical Advisor for the Joint Secure LVC Advanced Training Environment Technology Demonstration (SLATE). This was the first fully integrated LVC capability demonstration with live combat-coded aircraft and combat-coded aircraft operational flight program software. He leads research that has developed methods to monitor and routinely assess individual and team performance across live and virtual environments and evaluating game-based approaches for training, work design, and job restructuring. He maintains an active presence in the international research and practice community through his work on various professional committees and his contributions in professional journals and forums including I/ITSEC. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal Military Psychology and serves as a contributing editor and/or as a reviewer for three other professional journals. He recently co-edited a handbook on work design, a textbook on skill retention and decay and a textbook on remotely piloted aircraft systems. His involvement with the larger psychological communities of interest ensures that communication amongst international military, industry and academic researchers remains consistent and of the highest quality.