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Michael S. Child, Sr.

Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations


Michael S. Child, Sr., serves as the Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations.

Prior to his current assignment, Child served as Deputy Inspector General for Southwest Asia from October 2012 through December 2014. In that capacity he deployed to Afghanistan for 20 months, tasked with coordinating DoD IG activities there. Child concurrently served as Chairman of the Southwest Asia Joint Planning Group (SWA-JPG). In that role, he conducted quarterly meetings of SWA-JPG agencies, identifying duplicative projects and gaps in oversight coverage. He also published the Congressionally-mandated annual Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Southwest Asia, which indexed all ongoing, planned, and completed oversight projects conducted by SWA-JPG agencies. In his current capacity, Child will continue serving as SWA-JPG chairman and COPSWA publisher.

Child entered the Senior Executive Service on August 30, 2008, serving as Assistant Inspector General for Administrative Investigations. In May 2009, he was selected as Chief of Staff, serving in that position until he became the DIG-SWA.

Prior to working for the DoD OIG, Child served as an Army Judge Advocate, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Significant Army assignments included: Chief, Criminal Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General; Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; and, Chief, Army Judge Advocate Recruiting. Child was also detailed to the U.S. Department of Justice for six years, prosecuting and litigating DoD procurement fraud cases. He first served as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, and later as a trial attorney at Main Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch.

Child earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of San Diego, and his Master of Laws degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. He also holds two Master’s Degrees in National Security Studies and Public Policy Management from Georgetown University.