Cisco Systems (s CSCO) chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior, is on a very short list of candidates being considered for the job of U.S. CTO. She is on a short list that also includes Vivek Kundra, CTO of the government in Washington, D.C., according to BusinessWeek. Warrior, who was CTO of Motorola (s MOT) before switching to Cisco, was a keynote speaker at our Mobilize 08 Conference. Of the two, if I had to guess, she is likely to be President-elect Obama’s pick. She lived in Chicago during her tenure at Motorola; a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology and Cornell University, she has spent her entire working life in technology. Kundra is also a well regarded, but has spent considerable time in the government.