The Honorable Dov S. Zakheim
Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at the CNA Corporation
Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at the CNA Corporation. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the Firm’s support of U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide.
From 2001 to April 2004, Dr. Zakheim was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), serving as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on financial and budgetary matters, leading over 50,000 staff, developing and managing the world’s largest budgets, and negotiating five major defense agreements with US allies and partners. From 2002-2004, Dr. Zakheim was DoD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. He also helped organize the 2003 New York (United Nations), and Madrid Donors conferences for Iraq reconstruction.
From 1987 to 2001, Dr. Zakheim was both corporate vice president of System Planning Corporation, a technology and analysis firm based in Arlington, Va., and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, SPC International Corp. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush.
From 1985 until March 1987, Dr. Zakheim was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), playing an active role in the Department's system acquisition, strategic planning, programming and budget processes. Dr. Zakheim held several other DOD posts from 1981 to 1985. Earlier, he was a principal analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Dr. Zakheim has served on numerous government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards. His membership on government boards and panels includes the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (1991-93); the Task Force on Defense Reform (1997); the Board of Visitors of the Department of Defense Overseas Regional Schools (1998-2001); and Defense Science Board task forces on "The Impact of DOD Acquisition Policies on the Health of the Defense Industry" (2000) and “Urgent Operational Needs” (2009); the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board (2008-2010), and the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (2008-2011). Dr. Zakheim is currently a Senior Fellow of the Defense Business Board, on which he served 2004-2010, and which he helped establish.
Dr. Zakheim is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; the Council on Foreign Relations; the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Chatham House/The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is Vice Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Board of Trustees, and of the Board of Directors of the Center for The National Interest; he is also a board member of Search for Common Ground. Dr. Zakheim is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.
A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A., summa cum laude, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Zakheim also studied at the London School of Economics. He holds a doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, where he held three graduate and post-graduate fellowships. Dr. Zakheim was an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an adjunct Scholar of the Heritage Foundation. He has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University, and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., where he was Presidential Scholar.
The author of a dozen books or monographs, most recently A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (Brookings: 2011), as well as numerous articles, Dr. Zakheim has lectured and provided print, radio and television commentary on national security policy issues domestically and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his government, professional and civic work, including the Defense Department’s highest civilian award in 1986, 1987 and 2004.