Commissioner Bio

  Dr. Dov Zakheim

Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation, a federally funded think tank. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 2001 to April 2004 he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense, and from 2002-2004 he was also DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. From 1985 until 1987, Dr. Zakheim was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources, playing an active role in the Department’s system acquisition, strategic planning, programming and budget processes. He held other senior DOD posts from 1981-1985. Dr. Zakheim has served on numerous government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards. He is Vice Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Board of Trustees, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for The National Interest. Dr. Zakheim’s membership of government boards and panels includes the National Intelligence Council’s International Business Practices Advisory Panel, which he chaired (2008-2011); the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (2008-11); and the Defense Business Board (2004-2012, 2014-2018), which he helped establish. He currently is an Executive Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. Dr. Zakheim is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chatham House/the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK); and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A., summa cum laude, Dr. Zakheim also studied at the London School of Economics. He holds a doctorate in economics and politics from the University of Oxford. Dr. Zakheim is the author of numerous books, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, articles and book reviews He lectures widely and provides print, radio and television commentary on national security policy issues domestically and internationally. He is a regular contributor to The Hill and a columnist for the Jerusalem Strategic Tribune.