Dov S. Zakheim, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow


Dov Zakheim is an expert in defense strategy, programs and budgets, defense acquisition and contracting, defense-industrial collaboration, inter-agency process, Iraq, missile defense, and naval strategy, policy and organization. His research and analysis, as well as policymaking responsibilities, span the gamut of defense planning, programming and budgeting issues, wartime contracting and acquisition, and major developments in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and East and Southeast Asia. He is also an Executive Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Previously, Zakheim was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm's support of U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide. He also served as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense, coordinator of DOD's civilian programs in Afghanistan, and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). He is a member of the boards of several institutions, including the Atlantic Council, the Center for the National Interest, the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Defense Business Board of the DOD.

Zakheim has a D.Phil. in Economics and Politics from St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Government from Columbia University. He speaks French and Hebrew.


August 31, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Whether Erdoan will recognize that he has bitten off more than he can chew remains an open question. If he has any sense, he will modify his aggressive behavior before he finds that his country pays a price that it can ill afford."

The Hill: "Erdogan's Overweening Ambition Spells Trouble in the Mediterranean"

August 10, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Although spending on the new missile defense programs represents a relatively small portion of the budget, there will be countervailing pressure to continue funding key elements of the 'program of record,' especially costly shipbuilding and strategic nuclear programs."

The Hill: "While Our Foes Deploy Hypersonic Weapons, Washington Debates About Funding"

July 22, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "China's strategic nuclear force no longer can be ignored and, unlike those of France and Britain, it is projected to grow dramatically through the 2020s and beyond."

The Hill: "China Needs to Play Straight on New START Nuclear Treaty"

May 31, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "With the economies of its member states in disarray, and with one of its key members, Italy, well-disposed to Beijing under almost all circumstances, the temptation to prioritize commerce over democracy and human rights may be simply too hard for Europe to resist."

The Hill: "Britain and Europe Need to Step up Their Support for Hong Kong"

May 22, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "To signal American support for the island state, the Navy has increased the frequency of its freedom of navigation transits through the Taiwan Strait."

The Hill: "Funding the WHO Supports Taiwan's Membership"

April 19, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Historically, when DOD has been forced to undertake what it terms "cut drills," these have been done with the greatest reluctance, and at times have been completed with little analysis of the implications of potential trade-offs."

The Hill: "Defense Budget Cuts Following the Pandemic Will Be Hard to Swallow"