Ret. General Claude M. Kicklighter

by Omar Tanti

General Kicklighter is the Director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at George Mason University School of Law. General, Kicklighter has served his country for more than 50 years, first as an Army officer for 35 years, retiring as lieutenant general, followed by over 15 years as a distinguished public servant.

General Kicklighter served as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. General Kicklighter has served as Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State for Stabilization and Security Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, he was Director of the Department of Defense’s Iraq Transition Team, which planned the inactivation of the Coalition Provisional Authority
and the establishment of the U.S Mission to Iraq.

General Kicklighter is a recipient of the Presidential Citizen Medal, the Eisenhower Liberation Medal, the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, and a two-time recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.