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.


January 8, 2020

Dov Zakheim writes, "Even Iraqi leaders who are reasonably well-disposed to the West in general, and to America in particular, must reckon with the reality that Iran not only is Iraq's next-door neighbor but is firmly entrenched in their country."

The Hill: "Withdrawal From Iraq Would Dangerously Undermine American National Security"

December 30, 2019

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "The papers detailed by the Post portray a government that continued to fool itself into believing that it could win the Afghan war even as it fought concurrently in Iraq — and expected to win that war, too. 

The Hill: "What Went Wrong in Afghanistan"

December 29, 2019

Dov S. Zakheim says, "Had we not taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan and gone into Iraq, we probably wouldn't have an Afghanistan problem now."

Defense & Aerospace Report: "Year/Decade End Roundtable" [15:01]

December 9, 2019

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Iran appears to be exploiting Iraq's political crisis by moving medium-range missiles into the country, where they are under the protection of the militias that it controls."

The Hill: "Iraq's Riots Threaten Iran's Plan for Middle East Dominance"

November 21, 2019

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Its [Hong Kong's] equity, debt and currency markets, combined with its reputation for upholding the rule of law and enforcing contracts, have made it a far more attractive alternative to Shanghai and other potential Chinese financial centers that can be manipulated by the authorities in Beijing. "

The Hill: "Hong Kong's Crisis Is Not over — nor Are Xi's Troubles"

October 7, 2019

Dov S. Zakheim writes, "Berger's plan is to emphasize the Marines' role in the Indo-Pacific theater and to develop forces that could effectively confront an increasingly capable Chinese military.

The Hill: "For the Marines, a New Commandant Sees a New Corps, in a New Era of Warfare"