Dov S. Zakheim
Dov S. Zakheim
|Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)|
May 3, 2001 – July 15, 2004
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||William J. Lynn|
|Succeeded by||Tina Jonas|
|Born||December 18, 1948|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
St Antony's College, Oxford (PhD)
Dov S. Zakheim (born December 18, 1948) is an American businessman, writer, and former official of the United States government. In the Reagan administration, he held various Department of Defense positions.
Early life and education
Zakheim was born in Brooklyn. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Columbia University in 1970 and PhD in economics and politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He is Jewish.
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 U.S. 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 signed a letter to Bill 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 then appointed as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 2001 in George W. Bush administration, and served in the capacity until July 2004. During his term as comptroller, he was tasked to trace the Pentagon's 2.3 trillion dollars' worth of unaccounted transactions. 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 is a senior fellow at the CNA Corporation and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also co-vice chair of Global Panel America with Malcolm Rifkind.
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.
Zakheim also sits on the Atlantic Council's board of directors.
- Flight of the Lavi : inside a U.S.-Israeli crisis. Brasseys. 1996.
- Congress and National Security in the Post-Cold War Era (Nixon Center, 1998)
- Toward a Fortress Europe? (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000)
- A Vulcan's Tale (Brookings Institution Press, 2011)
- "What's Wrong With This Picture?". Haaretz.com. August 7, 2002.
- Freedman, Samuel G. (February 6, 2015). "Strains Grow Between Israel and Many Jews in the U.S." Nytimes.com.
- "US Jews will abandon Israel over religious exclusion, warns delegation". Timesofisrael.com.
- Jarecki, Eugene (October 14, 2008). The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril. Simon and Schuster. p. 14. ISBN 9781416544562 – via Google Books.
- Roberts, Guy (November 13, 2014). US Foreign Policy and China: Bush's First Term. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 9781317649939 – via Google Books.
- "PNAC, Rebuilding America's Defenses, 2000" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
- 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.
- "Board of Directors". Atlantic Council. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
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