THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES WALTER SLOCOMBE AS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Walter
Slocombe of Washington, D.C. to be the next Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. Slocombe currently serves as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to joining the Clinton Administion, he was at Caplin & Drysdale from 1981. He also served at the firm from 1971-1977. During the Carter Administration, he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning from 1979-1981, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1977-1979, and as Director, Department of Defense SALT Task Force from 1977-1981. From 1970-1971, he was a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, served on the Program Analysis Staff at the National Security Council from 1969-1970, and was a Law Clerk to Justice Fortas at the Supreme Court from 1968-1969. Mr. Slocombe is a Rhodes Scholar who received his A.B. from Princeton in 1963, summa cum laude, and his L. L. B. from Harvard Law School in 1968, summa cum laude.
As Under Secretary for Policy, Mr. Slocombe is the principal advisor to the Secretary for policy matters relating to international security policy and political-military affairs, including strategy intelligence and assessment for nuclear and conventional forces. He will direct four Assistant Secretaries.