Walter B. Slocombe is a partner at the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale and has served the U.S. government in numerous positions throughout his career. He served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 1993 to 2000 and is former director of the DOD task force on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). He has also served as senior advisor for national defense in the Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq. In 2004, Mr. Slocombe was appointed by the President of the United States to the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and a former member of the Strategic Air Command Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Slocombe served on the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committee on the Policy Consequences and Legal/Ethical Implications of Offensive Information Warfare and the Committee on Conventional Prompt Global Strike Capability.
David K. Barton (NAE) is an independent consultant. He received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College in 1949 and began his career as an engineering aid for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at White Sands Proving Grounds in 1946. He served as radar engineer at White Sands from 1949 to 1953 and at Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, until 1955. In 1955, Mr. Barton joined the RCA Missile and Surface Radar Department in Moorestown, New Jersey, as system engineer. He was awarded the RCA David W. Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering in 1958. In 1963, Mr. Barton became a consulting scientist to Raytheon Company at its Equipment Division in Wayland, Massachusetts, and later to its Missile Systems Division in Bedford. He was vice president for engineering at ANRO Engineering Inc. until 1984. Mr. Barton has served as member of the NRC’s Air Force Studies Board, as chair of the Committee on the E-3A Radar, and as chair of the Committee on Advanced Airborne Surveillance Radar. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and received its Centennial Medal in 1984 and its Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He was named the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Distinguished Microwave Lecturer in 1987-1988. His fields of research include radar systems, the propagation of radar waves, radar tracking and measurement, and radar guidance of missiles. He was a member of the American Physical Society study panel on boost-phase intercept systems for national missile defense. Mr. Barton serves on the NRC’s Panel on Survivability and Lethality Analysis.
Melvin H. “Mel” Eisman is a senior cost analyst in the Management Science Department at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND in 1994, he worked at TRW Space and Defense Sector, Northrop Grumman Aircraft Division, Magnavox Advanced Products and Systems Company, General Dynamics, Naval Air Systems Command, and the Naval Aviation Logistics Center. At RAND, Mr.