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.


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."

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"