Ret. Gen. Mick Kicklighter Named Director of CIP Program

Claude M. "Mick" Kicklighter will join the School of Law as director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, a project that specializes in basic and applied interdisciplinary research in critical infrastructure protection and security and defense issues. Kicklighter joins Mason after spending the past year as inspector general of the Department of Defense.


“I’m quite honored to be joining Mason and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program,” said Gen. Kicklighter. “The program has a great mission that is vital to the security of our nation. I’m also quite impressed with Mason and what the university is doing in a number of areas.”


A retired Army lieutenant general, Kicklighter served in a number of senior positions in the Departments of Defense, State and Veterans Affairs. Prior to serving as inspector general, he was chief of staff to the secretary of Veterans Affairs. In 2004, he was designated as special advisor to the deputy secretary of state for Stabilization and Security Operations in Iraq and was previously director of the Department of Defense's Iraq Transition Team, which planned the establishment of the new U.S. mission to Iraq. He served also as assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for policy and planning, serving senior advisor on planning, policy research and analysis. As an Army officer, Kicklighter commanded units at every organizational level. He 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.


Kicklighter is a graduate of Mercer University and holds a master’s degree from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


"We are delighted to welcome one our country's most illustrious soldiers and public servants to Mason," says Dan Polsby, law school dean. "Mick Kicklighter has the ideal combination of expertise, energy and people skills for this assignment. We look forward to his arrival with real excitement."


The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program seeks to fully integrate the disciplines of law, policy and technology to enhance the security of the cyber-networks, physical systems and economic processes that support the nation's critical infrastructure. The program performs basic and applied research and conducts outreach efforts that highlight and advance current topical issues relevant to the national agenda. The program publishes "The CIP Report", a monthly, electronic newsletter for professionals in industry, government and academia who have an interest in critical infrastructure protection. The program is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.