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.


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"

April 3, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "As the coronavirus rages on, it offers NATO a chance to demonstrate its credibility to operate as a unit for the benefit of all members."

The Hill: "Coronavirus Gives NATO a Chance to Demonstrate Its Worth"

February 23, 2020

Dov Zakheim writes, "The leverage that this small force provides to the War on Terror far exceeds their potential marginal contribution to a deterrent posture in either Europe or East Asia."

The Hill: "Withdrawal From Africa Could Undermine Partnership With France"

January 17, 2020

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Any funds that Putin will commit to military modernization subsequent to his assuming a new position in 2024, will have the effect of extending Moscow's military power and reach for at least another two decades."

The Hill: "Russia's Shakeup Has Implications for Putin, Medvedev and the U.S."