Walter Slocombe

Monday, July 16, 2018

Topic: Diplomacy or Force: The Ambiguous Lessons of History

Walter Becker Slocombe  is a former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1994–2001)[1] and was the Senior Advisor for Security and Defence to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad (2003).

A lawyer and career federal official, Slocombe joined the staff of the National Security Council in 1969. Prior to that, he worked as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas.[2] He is a four-time recipient of an award for Distinguished Public Service and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently practices law with the Washington firm of Caplin & Drysdale.

Slocombe received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1963, where he received the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. Slocombe was also a Rhodes scholar, studying at the University of Oxford from 1963-1965. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1968 and was admitted to the bar in 1970.

US Government Service:

  • Committee on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
  • Senior advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority (2003)
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1994-2001)
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1979-1981), (1993-1994)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs (1977-1979)

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