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  • Solyndra-Linked Executive to Lead Pentagon's Advanced Tech Agency

    A venture capital executive with ties to defunct solar company Solyndra has been hired as the new chief of the Defense Department program heading up the Pentagon’s renewable energy push.

    Arati Prabhakar, a former partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that backed Solyndra, has been named the new director of DoD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prabhakaker will administer DARPA’s roughly $3 billion budget, some of which will likely continue funding projects in renewable energy.

    While there is no indication that Prabhakar was involved with Solyndra during her time at USVP, her appointment to DARPA may rekindle allegations of cronyism in the administration’s dealings with Solyndra and other green energy companies.

    DARPA itself has been scrutinized for some of its green energy deals. Former chief Regina Dugan was investigated by federal watchdogs after her family’s company won $400,000 in DARPA contracts while she headed the division.

    DARPA was also responsible for the $21.8 million deal with biofuel company Solazyme, inviting further scrutiny. A member of Solazyme’s corporate board sat on President Obama’s transition team, where he helped form renewable energy policy.

    Given the large pricetag of the Solazyme deal – the Navy paid $26 per gallon for Solazyme fuels – its merits mention that Prabhakar stresses the importance of relying on alternative energy despite its admittedly high costs to American taxpayers.

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    9 Responses to Solyndra-Linked Executive to Lead Pentagon's Advanced Tech Agency

    1. KJinAZ says:

      There is enough green in the military already. We don't need more.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Is this person taking over a (n obligated tax paying) position or starting one? If taking over, what are the circumstances? What are the qualifications that this person's poor work record would merit him for this position that effects all America? Tax payers money is to be spent wisely and efficiently with no consideration to someone's low self esteem driven by his own acts. America doesn't deserve people in positions of accountability that has a record of wrong doings. He can prove himself worthy by building a record acceptable and honest with the American people before he's worth a national position titled "advanced tech agency" paid by obligating tax payers who are disrespectfully ill informed regarding most government matters that promise transparency.

      • NoCrud says:

        Arati Prabhakar is not a "he" but, instead, a woman and it was not a sex-change from a visit to San Francisco.

        I wonder if Arati Prabhakar also thinks that the most beautiful sound she has ever heard is the prayer call from a tower overlooking a town. This would help explain this choice of what is, in effect, the selection of another presidential czar.

      • Pragmatic says:

        Bobbie: "America doesn't deserve people in positions of accountability that has a record of wrong doings."

        Article: "While there is no indication that Prabhakar was involved with Solyndra during her time at USVP, her appointment to DARPA may rekindle allegations of cronyism in the administration’s dealings with Solyndra and other green energy companies."

        Good job Heritage. You've created the impression that this person is guilty of crony capitalism with no evidence. To your credit, you mentioned that there is no evidence that Prabhakar was involved in teh Solyndra dealings yet your readership has already jumped to the conclusion that she is just another crony capitalist.

        • Bobbie says:

          Just the impression that she should be monitored (extra cost) because of plausible circumstances. There are better picks without the plausible circumstances and with integrity. Whats wrong with picking someone with that record?

    3. NoCrud says:

      I will not post in this forum again if it is to be "approved by site amins" as a policy. More CONTROL???

    4. reader says:

      wow.

      The position is not a new one.

      The woman in question is not a muslim. That should be obvious based on her name.

      She was not involved in Solyndra. That's what the WSJ and many other sources have said. She did work for a company that was involved with Solyndra, but *she* was not involved in Solyndra.

      This person was previously the director of NIST, and she was appointed to DARPA originally under the George HW Bush administration.

      I have plenty of complaints about people in government; I don't need to make things up to complain about! sheesh…

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