The Department of Defense announced today that Claude M. Kicklighter has been sworn in as the Inspector General replacing Thomas F. Gimble who has been acting inspector general since Sept. 10, 2005.
As Inspector General, Kicklighter by law reports directly to the secretary of defense on matters relating to fraud, waste and abuse in the programs and operations of the department. Also, he will be the DoD representative on the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and chair the Defense Council on Integrity and Efficiency, the members of which include component heads of the audit, inspection and investigative units of the military departments, and the Inspectors General of the DoD agencies and major components.
Prior to becoming the Inspector General, Kicklighter directed the Iraq/Afghanistan Joint Transition Planning Group, a joint Department of State and Department of Defense team that has provided analysis and recommendations for coordinating efforts to address transition challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kicklighter served 35 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1991 as a lieutenant general. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions in the Departments of Defense, State and Veterans Affairs.