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.


October 23, 2020

Dov Zakheim writes, "Should the Muslim Brotherhood, or some other radical government, once again seize power in Egypt, the absence of America's small but stabilizing presence in the Sinai might encourage Egypt to rupture relations with Israel and increase its force levels in the Sinai."

The Hill: "Our Troops in the Sinai Are a Small Force With Outsized Importance" 

October 16, 2020

Dov Zakheim writes, "Any agreement, however minor, between Israel, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly despises, and Lebanon, whose polity he seeks to penetrate, works against his increasingly hegemonic vision for what is, in effect, an Ottoman restoration."

The Hill: "The Israel-Lebanon Maritime Talks Are a Setback for Turkey"

October 9, 2020

Dov Zakheim writes, "The Department of Defense (DOD) bureaucracy relies far too heavily on consultants and contractors as intermediaries between government and private industry."

The Hill: "The Bipartisan House Task Force on America's Future Defense Is Path-Breaking"

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"