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Revolving Door: Solyndra-Connected Scientist Now Runs the Military’s DARPA

Written by Gary North on July 12, 2012

You can’t keep a good woman down.

You remember Solyndra. It was the solar panel company that went bankrupt, after having had its loans guaranteed by the Obama Administration. It got lots of publicity.

This story ought to get lots of publicity, too. A woman who was connected to this failed venture now runs the DARPA program. DARPA is part of the Department of Defense. It spends lots of money on high-technology products.

I have no doubt that the lady is very smart. She knows technology. Solyndra did, too. It just did not understand how to make a profit. But it surely knew how to milk the federal government.

Arati Prabhakar will soon run the Pentagon’s most important research agency. She comes on board on July 30.

In 2001, she joined the venture capital firm U.S. Venture Partners. Venture Partners specialized in green technology. It backed Solydra. That venture blew up. It blew up spectacularly. It became the poster child of green technology blow-ups.

She is well qualified academically. But this is a classic case of a revolving door. Washington spends lots of money. Private industry wants to get its hands on this money. So, people who are connected with the U.S. government get hired by private industry.

Hers is a typical case. She founded Darpa’s Microelectronics Technology Office. “In 1993, at the age of 34, she was appointed as the head of the 3,000-person National Institute of Standards and Technology. From there, she left for Silicon Valley, where she became a top officer at a specialty materials company.” Now she will run DARPA.

Round and round it goes. Where it stops . . . wait. It never stops.

Wired summarizes.

Darpa spreads its approximately $3 billion annual budget among hundreds of start-ups, government contractors, and academic researchers, all of whom are looking for government grants. With so many grants spread among so many people, the potential for improper dealings is ever-present. It’s crucial that the Darpa director be seen as beyond reproach.

That’s what got the last Darpa chief, Regina Dugan, in trouble. Her family firm, RedXDefense, won $400,000 in contracts from Darpa while Dugan was director — and while the company owed her a quarter of a million dollars. That spurred a wide-ranging inquiry from the Pentagon’s inspector general into how Darpa awards its contracts.

The system rewards access: who you know. Access is worth a lot of money. This is why there is a revolving door.

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7 thoughts on “Revolving Door: Solyndra-Connected Scientist Now Runs the Military’s DARPA

  1. ccfonten says:

    Well, crap! If she is so smart (you can tons of "letters" behind your name and still be dumb as a box of dead rocks!), why does she back crap like solyndra and other "green energy" companies out there????
    DARPA had better watch their bank account very closely.

  2. american says:

    ANOTHER MUSLIM NANE?? HE HAS STACKE TH WHOLE ADIMISTRATION WITJ MUSLIMS PAY ATTENTION AMERICA!! WITH HIS SHUTTING DOWN ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAW- ALLOWING CRIMINAL MUSLIM BROTERHOOD INTO OUR COUNTRY TO ASSUALT US AND ALL THE CRIMINAL FEDERAL FELON ILLEGALMEXICANS TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY- HE MUST GO GO GO AND NOW!!! THIS ILLEGAL ANTICHRIST HAS GOT TO BE ARRESTED INDICTED TRIED AND CONVICTED OF HIGH TREASON AND GIVEN THE SENTENCE FOR ITY- DEATH BY HANGING AND ALL HIS SO HORTS TOO AND EVERY SINGLE CRIMINAL FEDERAL FELON ILLEGALMEXICAN AND MUSLIM FOR BREAKING THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS COUNTRY WHICH ALSO IS HIGH TREASON!!

  3. Jerri Lynn Ward says:

    American,

    She comes from a Hindu family. She's Indian and that is a Hindu name.

  4. Is she a citizen? No one mentions that status. Our government has been infiltrated by Muslims, including top posts in Homeland Security. Hilary Clinton's top aide is a muslim woman whose mother is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama's roommates in college were Pakistani. Valeri Jarrett was born in Iran. Put the piecies of the puzzle together, America. Wake up before it is too late. Vote him out if we can get past the Democrats' massive voter fraud. Talk to ten friends, ask them to talk to ten more each, a Saul Alinsky tactic. WAKE UP!

  5. Sorry for the spelling errors, gosh must be getting late. I know how to spell pieces, and the woman's name is Valerie with an e. More like Valkyrie.

  6. Katchaturian says:

    No! Perhaps a combination of Sikh and Zoroastrian. Very brilliant as are so many Asian Indians, Loved having their kids as students. Thats not to take anything away from Native Americans. I love both. What is tragic for Arati is that she has been lulled BACK to DARPA. Ten Obama's cannot manage the genius of this woman. She abhors the militan American Moslems.

  7. Navy Vet says:

    This woman probably got a huge bonus shortly after Solyndra got the stimulus money. Now she will get even more access to the money teat. Taxpayers need to demand more from their elected congressmen and congresswomen. Stimulus money to "green companies" was pre planned and failure was part of the plan. It was nothing but the largest money laundering scheme in history.