Biden nominates Radha Iyengar Plumb to a key Pentagon position

The White House has nominated Indian American security expert Radha Iyengar Plumb to a key Pentagon position- deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment on June 15. She is the latest among Indian Americans to be appointed to a key position in President Joe Biden’s administration.

Plumb, currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, was earlier with Google as the Director of Research and Insights for Trust and Safety, leading their cross-functional teams on business analytics, data science and technical research.

As the Global Head of Policy Analysis at Facebook, Plumb led teams researching content, social and economic policy issues. Her position entailed working on Facebook’s product policies and also researching the economic value and social impact. Her areas of focus during her Facebook stint were high risk/high alarm safety and critical international security issues.

With a Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from Princeton University, Plumb holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In October 2011, Plumb joined the RAND Corporation as a senior economist where she focused on improving the measurement and evaluation of readiness and security efforts across the Department of Defense. Apart from Defense, she has also held several national security-related positions at the Department of Energy and the White House National Security Council.

Between 2008 and 2011, Plumb was an assistant professor at the London School of Economics. Prior to her move to London, Plumb was at Harvard as a health policy scholar for two years since August 2006.

Plumb’s Linkedin profile describes her as an experienced leader with deep technical analytic skills and a demonstrated history of working in the government, academia and industry, as well as skilled in policy research, econometrics, trust and safety issues, and project management