Common Defense Supports Nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar as Head of Office of Science and Technology Policy


WASHINGTON — Common Defense, the nation’s largest grassroots veterans organization, is proud to support President Biden’s pick for head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Common Defense Political Director Naveed Shah released the following statement:

“The veterans of Common Defense believe it is absolutely crucial to have leaders who are highly qualified and dedicated to building a just and equitable world, not just in Congress, but also in key administrative positions like the Office of Science and Technology Policy. It is clear that Dr. Arati Prabhakar fits that bill. As a former Congressional Fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment, and the founder of Actuate, a non-profit organization working to develop trustworthy climate, health, and information technology data, we believe that Dr. Arati Prabhakar is more than qualified to head the OSTP.

“Prabhakar has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate in the past, when she was selected to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She was the first woman to hold that role, as well as the first woman to earn a PhD in applied physics from Caltech. Prabhakar’s nomination to lead the OSTP is historic, as she is the first woman, immigrant, or person of color nominated to serve as its director.

“We are happy to see this continued commitment to diversity on the part of the Biden administration, and we hope to see the White House nominate a wide range of qualified candidates from different backgrounds who are dedicated to ​​championing  social, racial, environmental, and economic justice from within the administration.”

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