Dov S. Zakheim is the former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources from 1985 to 1987 under Ronald Reagan, and Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller from 2001 to 2004 under George W. Bush. He is currently the vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, a global strategy and technology consulting firm.
Dov Zakheim is a practicing Orthodox Jew, born in Brooklyn, New York; his father was a close friend of former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. Zakheim was educated in Jewish schools, attended Zionist summer camps, and fluent in Hebrew. However he has been described by former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens as a traitor to the Jewish people.
Dov Zakheim received his bachelor's degree in government from Columbia University in 1970, and his Ph.D. in economics and politics from Oxford University. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Yeshiva University, a private orthodox Jewish university in New York city.