On Monday, President Obama nominated retired Maj. Gen. Robert Harding to head up the Transportation Security Administration. Harding served 33 years in the Army, mostly as a specialist on intelligence. At his retirement in 2001, he was director of operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retirement, he launched his own defense and intelligence contracting company, which he sold in 2009, and served on President Obama's transition team as an expert on intelligence matters. Obama said, "I can think of no one more qualified than Bob to take on this important job, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years to come." Democrats are calling for speedy confirmation for Harding. The TSA has been without a formal leader for more than a year. Obama's first choice, Erroll Southers, withdrew from consideration in January after concerns were raised about his communication with Congress regarding a security incident in the 1980s.