Anthony C. Thomas became the Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on March 10, 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in the intelligence career field and has managed a myriad of tasks and functions in direct support of Department of Defense and national security objectives.
Prior to assuming responsibilities of his current position, Thomas served as the Chief, Counterintelligence (CI) Policy & Assessments at the Defense CI and HUMINT Center, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In that capacity he planned, led and directed the annual assessment of the DoD counterintelligence enterprise missions, functions and activities. Before joining DIA, Thomas served in key leadership roles at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; provided mission-essential intelligence and counterintelligence support and helped stand-up the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Center.
Thomas began his professional career in 1985 as an Air Force intelligence officer. He served in numerous leadership positions at various headquarters and operational units to include the Strategic Air Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces Europe, Air Staff, and the U.S. Pacific Command. He has been involved in multiple overseas deployments, air campaigns and operational contingencies including the Persian Gulf War and the Bosnian crisis. Following military service, Thomas briefly entered private industry and later joined the federal government in September 2005 with a focus on national security and related intelligence issues.
Thomas earned his bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Alabama State University and his M.S. degree in business administration (aviation) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His professional military education includes Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Planning, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Air War College. Thomas has attended numerous intelligence training courses and is a graduate of the Defense Intelligence College’s Post Graduate Intelligence Program. He has also completed the Senior Manager Course at George Washington University and has attended the Federal Executive Institute.
Thomas has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including the Defense Meritorious Service and Joint Service Commendation Medals and recognition as a numbered Air Force Intelligence Officer of the Year.