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Walter B. Slocombe
United States Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

In office
Preceded by Frank G. Wisner
Succeeded by Douglas Feith
Personal details
Born September 23, 1941(1941-09-23) (age 80)
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.

Education[edit | edit source]

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.

Iraqi Occupation and CPA[edit | edit source]

According to the second episode of the documentary "The Iraq War", aired on the BBC on 5 June 2013, Slocombe's unilateral decision to deny approximately 300,000 former Iraqi Army soldiers $20 (per soldier) sustenance payments a few months after the end of the (2003) Iraq War, drove the Iraqi soldiers to turn away from offering their services to help rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and led directly to a rapid onset of, and sustained increase in, violent insurgency against US forces, which were now perceived as an occupying force. In turn local militia's that initially arose to protect local resources from looters, suddenly gained a large influx of trained military personnel capable of constructing IEDs with which to attack US forces.

U.S. Government service[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Glanz, James (2005-11-18). "Issuing Contracts, Ex-Convict Took Bribes in Iraq, U.S. Says". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/18/international/middleeast/18reconstruct.html. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  2. Laura Kalman (1990). Abe Fortas. Yale University Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=x-Fbl_xE1E0C. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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