Dov S. Zakheim
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Dov S. Zakheim
|Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)|
May 3, 2001 – April 15, 2004
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||William J. Lynn|
|Succeeded by||Tina Jonas|
|Born||December 18, 1948|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
St Antony's College, Oxford
|Occupation||Writer, businessman, and politician.|
Dov S. Zakheim (born December 18, 1948) is an American businessman, writer, politician, and former official of the United States government. In the Reagan administration, he held various Department of Defense positions.
Dov S. Zakheim was born December 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in government from Columbia University in 1970, and his doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
Zakheim served in various Department of Defense posts during the Reagan administration, including Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources from 1985 to 1987. There was some controversy in both the US and Israel over Zakheim's involvement in ending the Israeli fighter program, the IAI Lavi. He argued that Israeli and U.S. interests would be best served by having Israel purchase F-16 fighters, rather than investing in an entirely new aircraft.
Zakheim was signed a letter to Clinton about Iraq. During the 2000 U.S. Presidential election campaign, Zakheim served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush as part of a group led by Condoleezza Rice that called itself The Vulcans. .
From 1987–2001, Zakheim was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation, a high-technology analytical firm. During that period he served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and sat on a number of major DoD panels, including its Task Force on Defense Reform (1997) and the DoD's first Board of Visitors of Overseas Regional Centers (1998–2001). In September 2000 Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Naval Institute, and a member of the editorial board of the journal The National Interest. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, as well as other awards for government and community service.
Zakheim was co-author of the 1997 PNAC/Project For The New American Century paper on rebuilding America's defenses advocating the necessity of a Pearl Harbor-like incident to mobilize America. He served as Pentagon comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004. Two large sums of money disappeared from the Pentagon on his watch. In the beginning $2.3 trillion was reported missing by Donald Rumsfeld (September 10, 2001) and later Zakheim was unable to account for another trillion. Zakheim also had flights of American F-15s and F-16s sold as surplus to Israel at a fraction of their value. 
Zakheim was then appointed as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 2001 in George W. Bush administration, and served in this capacity until April 2004. During his term as Comptroller, he was tasked to help track down the Pentagon's 2.3 trillion dollars' worth of unaccounted transactions. DoD financial experts, Zakheim said, are making good progress reconciling the department's "lost" expenditures, trimming them from a prior estimated total of $2.3 trillion to $700 billion. In 2008, he was appointed by President Bush as a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Zakheim retired as a Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton in 2010. He currently is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also Co-Vice Chair of Global Panel America (Global Panel Foundation) with Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former UK Foreign Secretary and Minister of Defense.
His most recent book, A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, discusses the Bush administration's missed opportunities and struggles to manage two wars, particularly the seemingly endless conflict in Afghanistan.
- Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis (Brassey'], 1996)
- Congress and National Security in the Post-Cold War Era (The Nixon Center, 1998)
- Toward a Fortress Europe? (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000)
- A Vulcan's Tale (Brookings Institution Press, 2011)
-  The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, Eugene Jarecki, Free Press, 2008
- https://books.google.ca/books?id=qkhWBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA37&dq=%22stephen+cambone%22,+%22PNAC%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HAYFVe_uKNHN8gWQ84C4AQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22stephen%20cambone%22%2C%20%22PNAC%22&f=false US Foreign Policy and China: Bush’s First Term, By Guy Roberts, Routledge, 2014, p.37
-  PNAC, Rebuilding America's Defenses, 2000
- Gerry J. Gilmore (February 20, 2002). "Zakheim Seeks To Corral, Reconcile 'Lost' Spending". US Department of Defense.
- Dov Zakheim (2011). A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. Brookings Institution Press.
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