The Hon. Dov S. Zakheim

Vice-Chair - FPRI Board of Trustees

Member, Board of Editors - Orbis

The Hon. Dov Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow 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 he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense. From 2002-2004 Dr. Zakheim was also DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. From 1987 to 2001 he 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. 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). 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 boards. He currently serves on the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization and is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and of the Defense Business Board, which he helped establish. Dr. Zakheim is a member of 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 member of the Board of Control of the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Zakheim was elected a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences in 2011. 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 has been an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and adjunct professor at several universities, including the National Defense University. The author of a dozen books or monographs, and of 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.