Walter B. Slocombe

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Walter B. Slocombe
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Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In office
Preceded by Frank G. Wisner
Succeeded by Douglas Feith
Personal details
Born (1941-09-23) September 23, 1941 (age 76)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Harvard Law School
University of Oxford
Princeton University
Occupation Lawyer

Walter Becker Slocombe (born September 23, 1941) 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.

U.S. Government service[edit]


  1. ^ Glanz, James (2005-11-18). "Issuing Contracts, Ex-Convict Took Bribes in Iraq, U.S. Says". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  2. ^ Laura Kalman (1990). Abe Fortas. Yale University Press. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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