Dr. Patricia Falcone is Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August of 2012. Her work seeks to strengthen innovation and technical excellence in support of U.S. defense, intelligence, and national- and homeland-security missions and ensure technical matters are effectively included in ongoing policy and budget development processes in the domain of national security. Current topics of interest include cyber security; defense against nuclear, biological, chemical, and explosive threats; defense and intelligence capabilities; nuclear deterrence; space and national security; emergency response and communications; and other matters relating to the research and development enterprises in Federal national security agencies and mission partners. In addition, she works to bolster international science and technology engagement through high-level dialogues and participation in multilateral and bilateral meetings and events. She co-chairs the Committee on Homeland and National Security of the National Science and Technology Council and represents OSTP on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. She also serves on the White House Council on Women and Girls and is engaged in Administration initiatives to broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Falcone previously worked as a member of the professional staff of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, from 1981 to 2012; she was detailed to OSTP from 2009 to 2012. As a Senior Manager at Sandia, Falcone was responsible for systems analysis and engineering; earlier, she was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff.
She has served on the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies, the Nuclear Deterrent Transformation Panel of the Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and other advisory committees, including at Princeton University.
Falcone holds a B.S.E. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.