John Arlington was named General Counsel in July 2012. In this capacity, he serves as the chief legal officer for SIGAR.
Mr. Arlington is a lawyer with more than 35 years of Federal government, think tank, and private sector experience. He has particular expertise in congressional oversight and investigations, critical infrastructure protection, bio-security, insurance, transportation (especially railroads), and environmental policy.
Mr. Arlington has represented the United States in large corporate litigation, served as chief counsel to two congressional committees, and spent over ten years in the property and casualty insurance industry. While working on Capitol Hill, he led numerous high-profile investigations, including investigations on the implementation of economic sanctions against Iran; the transition of the U.S. effort in Iraq from the Defense Department to the State Department; the cost and capabilities of the V-22 Osprey; the rise of the Mexican drug cartels and the implications for U.S. national security; flu vaccine production and distribution; the proliferation, operation, and security of high-containment biological laboratories; food and drug safety; and the collapse of the financial services sector. In 1998, he was appointed Private Sector Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (in Paris) on environmental liability. He served four years in the U.S. Army, including service in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese Army officers in the Central Highlands, and completed his service as an infantry captain. He received his JD from Georgetown University.