Obama Picks Robert A. Harding For TSA

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Robert A. Harding is a retired Army General and former head of a security company, and is the potential pick for head of the Transportation Security Administration, an agency under a lot of heat as of late. With extensive security experience and 33 years in the Army, Robert A. Harding is well-positioned to be confirmed by the senate in less time than it takes to get no credit check personal loans.

General Robert Harding’s Army experience

Robert A. Harding served in the U.S. Army for 33 years. Harding held a position as a “senior human intelligence officer ” of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is a part of the U.S. intelligence community, which is essentially the military version of the CIA. Before serving for the DIA, Robert Harding was the director for the intelligence for the Army’s Southern Command. In this post, Robert A. Harding overseeing the military intelligence operations for Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. He was responsible for planning and executing intelligence operations, getting armed forces loans for those purposes, for more than one continent.

Robert A. Harding’s Military Decorations

According to Executive Gov, “Harding’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.” Obviously, his CV from the military puts Harding in a position for easy Senate confirmation.

Head of Harding Security Associates

After leaving the military in 2001, Robert A. Harding launched Harding Security Associates in 2003. Harding Security Associates is a private contractor and consulting firm that, according to their website, provide “security specialists, intelligence analysts, counterintelligence professionals, forensic technicians and senior program advisors” to U.S. Government agencies. Harding sold Harding Security Associates in 2009.

Harding nominated to head the Transportation Security Administration

Robert A. Harding was not President Obama’s original choice for the top job in the TSA. The original choice was Erroll Southers, an airport police official at LAX. The nomination was stymied by Republicans. The objection was that Southers would potentially create a screener’s union, that would increase cost of labor if it were to have happened. This makes the Robert Harding nomination easier to stomach.

The TSA is not without controversy

The Travel Security Administration began in 2001, which Robert A. Harding is nominated to head is controversial, to say the least. The screening of commercial airline passengers and luggage is a large security, intelligence, and public relations task. Many airline passengers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the long wait times and strict regulations they must comply with. Full-body scanners are also currently in testing at some TSA station, which is raising very serious privacy concerns. Robert A. Harding will have to head security of our nation’s airports, and also deal with public discontent over the state of airports. It is a hard dollar, but President Obama believes Robert A. Harding is the one to take on the credit repair of this agency.

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