Meet the Assistant Attorney General

AAG John P. Carlin

John P. Carlin was confirmed as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security in April 2014.

As AAG, Mr. Carlin oversees nearly 350 federal employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other significant national security threats.  He also works closely with the nation’s 93 United States Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of national security matters in their districts. 

Mr. Carlin has dedicated his entire professional career to public service, both as a prosecutor and in a variety of leadership positions. Mr. Carlin joined NSD in 2011 after serving as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, where he helped lead the Bureau’s evolution to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyber threats. 

A career federal prosecutor, Mr. Carlin previously served as National Coordinator of DOJ’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) program and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases ranging from homicide and sexual offenses to cyber, fraud, and public corruption matters.

Mr. Carlin, who joined DOJ through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he received the Samuel J. Heyman Fellowship for Federal Government Service and served as Articles editor for the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Mr. Carlin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.