Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is a vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is a leader in the firm’s global defense business, working with U.S. Combatant Commanders and allied and coalition ministries of defense worldwide.
Former United States government official Dov Zakheim was the Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller from 2001-2004 in the George W. Bush administration, and was a foreign policy advisor to that administration during the 2000 election campaign. From 1985-1987, during the Regan administration, Zakheim was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources. An Orthodox Jew, he helped to end the IAI Lavi Israeli fighter program. Previous to his work with the Bush administration, from 1987-2001, Zakheim 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. During those years he was also CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation. Zakheim is on the editorial board of The National Interest Journal and has published a multitude of articles and monographs on defense issues. Zakheim earned his BA in government from Columbia University in 1970 and his PhD in economics and politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He was an Adjunct Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, where he was also Presidential Scholar. He has been a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Naval Institute. Zakheim has received many awards for government and community service, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, its highest civilian award.
Dov Zakheim: I believe basically the Russians are pursuing the Czarist foreign policy. And the United States was able to get along with the Czars. I mean we had our differences. But, you know, Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize negotiating the Czars and the Japanese after the Russo-Japanese War. Part of what Russia wants is, you know, sort of they feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield. They need a little more respect. You know, they’ve gone from being a super power to being Rodney Dangerfield, and they don’t like it. Rodney Dangerfield didn’t like it either. They want more respect. They want to be a player. They’re feeling their oats economically, and their frustrated. They’re frustrated with us because we . . . If we can ignore them, we do ignore them. So therefore they’re doing the kinds of things to make sure that we don’t ignore them. And those kinds of things are not good. They could be a tremendous problem for us if we let them. And I worry that we might let them. And you know, being excessively hostile is just as bad as being phony. I mean it just doesn’t work. We have to treat them in a business-like way. I think that’s a major issue for us.
Recorded on: 7/2/07
Like Rodney Dangerfield, Russia need sa little more respect.