March 15, 2010
Job opportunities in this issue's classifieds include a public transit agency president/CEO and executive director of a national program!
Harding Nominated to Head TSA
On March 8, President Barack Obama nominated retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding to lead the Transportation Security Administration as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The nomination now goes to the Senate for confirmation.
Responsibilities of this position include oversight of America’s public transit systems, railroads, ports, and aviation network, as well as security operations for 450 federalized airports throughout the nation and the Federal Air Marshal Service.
Harding has more than 35 years of intelligence experience, working in both the military and private sectors. Following his retirement from the Army in 2001 after a 33-year career, he served as chief executive officer of Harding Security Associates, a company he founded in 2003 and sold in 2009. His last Army post was deputy chief of staff for intelligence; from 1996 to 2000, he was the director for operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving as the Department of Defense’s senior human intelligence officer.
“Effective transportation security involves protecting our citizens from constantly evolving threats while facilitating legal travel and trade around the country and throughout the world,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Bob’s national security expertise and extensive experience in the Intelligence Community and U.S. Army will be a great asset to the department in our efforts to ensure the safety of the nation's transportation systems.”