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US President Joe Biden has nominated Indian-American Radha Iyengar Plumb to a top Pentagon position.

Radha Iyengar Plumb currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, she was the Director of Research and Insights for Trust & Safety at Google, leading their cross functional teams on business analytics, data science, and technical research. 

She previously served as the Global Head of Policy Analysis at Facebook where she focused on high risk/high harm safety and critical international security issues. Plumb previously was a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation where she focused on improving measurement and evaluation of readiness and security efforts across the Department of Defense. 

She also held a number of senior staff positions on national security issues at the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the White House National Security Council. 

At the outset of her career, she was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and did her postdoctoral work at Harvard. Plumb received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from Princeton University, and she holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration, the White House said in a press release.

  • Radha Iyengar Plumb, Nominee for Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Julie D. Fisher, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cyprus
  • Christopher T. Robinson, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Latvia
  • Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • L. Felice Gorordo, Nominee for United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development




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