Sumit Agarwal: Power List 2010

Deputy assistant director of defense (public affairs) for outreach and social media, Department of Defense

The continuing war in Afghanistan and succession of servicemen and women arriving in body bags at US airports emphasizes that 2010 is going to be another difficult year for the troops, with the number of dead now surpassing 1,000.
Previously barred from using social media to communicate, troops are now encouraged to retain links with home by the appointment of Sumit Agarwal in January to champion internet use throughout the armed forces.

A former head of Google's mobile product management team and a venture capitalist at Atlas Venture, Agarwal is also charged with utilizing social media and mobile platforms to better engage US citizens and the global community with outreach and communications – a challenge for which he will need to call upon all the grit and determination he exhibited during his 12 years of service in the Air Force National Guard.

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