Walter Slocombe is a senior counsel in the Washington, DC, law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered. His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation, defense trade questions, and tax-exempt organizations.
In his work in government, Slocombe was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1994-2001), and later Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense in the Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq (May-November 2003). Prior to becoming Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Slocombe served in the Defense Department as Principal Deputy Under Secretary (1993-94), Deputy Under Secretary for Policy Planning (1979-81), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs (1977-79). In the last two positions, he served concurrently as Director of the DoD Task Force on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). He was also a member of the staff of the National Security Council (1969-70).
Slocombe is a member of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board, a director and Secretary of the Atlantic Council of the United States, a director of the South Africa Education Project, a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a consultant to the CNA Corporation, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Slocombe also sits on the Advisory Board of Our Military Kids, an organization that supports educational and recreational opportunities for the children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel. He was also a member of the Presidential Commission on United States Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003-04),
Slocombe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University (AB 1963), and the Harvard Law School (LLB 1968), and is a Rhodes Scholar (1963-65). He has been awarded the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal (1981, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004).