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.


November 26, 2018

Dov Zakheim writes, “The only way that America can maintain its technological superiority is through a partnership with its high-tech industries.”

The Hill: “It’s High Time for the High-Tech Sector to Support DOD”

November 19, 2018

Dov Zakheim writes, “At 483,000 troops, the Army today is indeed at its lowest force levels since 1940; the Navy’s 288 ships are the lowest since 1915, and the Air Force is the smallest ever.”

The Hill: “Leon Panetta’s Nightmare Is Today's National Security Crisis”

May 9, 2018

Dov Zakheim writes, "Trump seems to believe that his action against Iran strengthens his negotiating hand against North Korea. The opposite may be the case."

The Hill: "Now What? Trump Could Make a Deal With Europe Regarding Iran"

January 22, 2018

Dov Zakheim says, "If you don't come up with a strategy, you are never going to justify getting the money."

Ecommerce-Journal: "New National Defense Strategy Lists China, Russia as Threats"

September 12, 2017

The National Interest  publishes "Time for America to Act on North Korea, Alone If Necessary" by CNA Sr. Fellow Dov Zakheim, Ph.D.

September 12, 2017

The National Interest publishes "Time for America to Act on North Korea, Alone If Necessary" by CNA Sr. Fellow Dov Zakheim, Ph.D.