Dov Zakheim

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Dov Zakheim (1948-) is a president of Booz Allen Hamilton, member of the board of advisers, American Foreign Policy Council, and a Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a contributing editor to National Interest (magazine).

Previously, he was an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct scholar of the Heritage Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

His name appears on a number of conspiratorial websites as having some 9/11 involvement, being an ordained rabbi, and a dual Israeli-U.S. citizen, but this does not appear in any mainstream sources yet located.

Current activities

He wrote an article for about the Obama Administration's defense budget, saying that while it was not a disastrous downturn, it is also not a boost and not an investment in the future. He points out that China can grow its defense spending by 5% and increase its defenses over the same time the U.S. budget limits it more to short-term needs, giving up supremacy. Among the strategic threats he sees is that operations "will squeeze procurement and research and development programs, and do so at a time when the loss of engineering jobs will run counter to the administration's job creation policy. More ominously, while foreign students will continue to dominate key university post-graduate science and engineering programs, young American engineers, who probably are most familiar with state-of-the-art developments in their fields, are more likely to be laid off first as procurement programs are cuts."[1]

Department of Defense

From 2001 to 2004, he was Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller, the chief financial officer of the United States Department of Defense, during the George W. Bush Administration. During Bush's and was a foreign policy advisor to that administration during the 2000 election campaign.

System Planning corporation

From 1987-2001, he was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation. He served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and sat on a number of Defense Department panels, including the Task Force on Defense Reform, in 1997, and the Board of Visitors of Overseas Regional Centers, from 1998-2001.

Reagan Administration

From 1985-1987, during the Reagan administration, he was was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources. In 1996, he was involved in the decision to cancel the Israeli-built Lavi fighter and replace it with U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons, and wrote a book about this.


BA in government from Columbia University in 1970 and his PhD in economics and politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University.


  1. Dov Zakheim (3 March 2009), "Obama's defense budget sacrifices U.S. primacy", Foreign Policy