Dov S. Zakheim has been sworn in as the under secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and chief financial officer for the Department of Defense. David O. Cooke, director of Administration and Management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, administered the oath of office on Friday evening, May 4. Zakheim was nominated to be the Pentagon's comptroller by President Bush on Feb. 12, 2001, and confirmed by the Senate on May 1.
Zakheim has previously served in a number of key positions in government and private business. Most recently, he was corporate vice president of System Planning Corp., a technology, research and analysis firm based in Arlington, Va. He also served as chief executive officer of SPC International Corp., a subsidiary specializing in political, military and economic consulting. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush.
From 1985 until March 1987, Zakheim was deputy under secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources in the Policy office. In that capacity, he played an active role in the Department's system acquisition and strategic planning processes. Zakheim held a variety of other DoD posts from 1981 to 1985. Earlier, he was employed by the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Zakheim has been a participant on a number of government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards. His government service includes terms on the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad; the Task Force on Defense Reform (1997); the first Board of Visitors of the Department of Defense Overseas Regional Schools (1998); and the Defense Science Board task force on "The Impact of DoD Acquisition Policies on the Health of the Defense Industry" (2000).
A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor's in government, Zakheim also studied at the London School of Economics. He earned his doctorate in economics and politics at St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford, where he was graduate fellow in programs of both the National Science Foundation and Columbia College. Zakheim has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., where he was presidential scholar.
Zakheim has written, lectured and provided media commentary on national defense and foreign policy issues domestically and internationally. He is the author of "Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis" (Brassey's, 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), and numerous articles and chapters in books.
The DoD comptroller serves as the chief financial advisor to the secretary of Defense, overseeing the preparation and execution of the Department's budget and implementing sound financial management practices. More information on the office of the under secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is available on the Web at http://www.dod.mil/comptroller .