The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday Philip Burdette has been named federal security director for Baltimore Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Burdette joined the department in 2003 and has held a number of critical security operations positions, including assistant special agent in charge, senior adviser to the security operations assistant administrator, and assistant general manager of security operations.
In 2006, Burdette was recognized as TSA’s “Employee of the Year” and received the Department of Homeland Security’s Award for Excellence for creating an interagency security program targeting known vulnerabilities across transportation modes.
“Phil’s background in managing innovative security programs and experience leading large and complex operations at TSA have prepared him for the challenge of leading federal transportation security efforts in Maryland,” said Lee Kair, TSA’s assistant administrator for security operations. “His outstanding leadership and determination to enhance transportation security will continue to be a significant asset to TSA operations.”
Before joining TSA, Burdette served in the United States Marine Corps and was a counterintelligence investigator at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md. He holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.