What does it mean to be Jewish?
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: Oh sure. I mean as an American, I want my country to remain what it’s been, which is the greatest country history has ever produced. That means doing what you can to help move the country along. In my sphere it’s defense, so that’s what I think I can help with. And that’s what I think is important. As a Jew, I think we have values that are universal in that we can give to the world. The most recent one being if you have a dream that’s 2,000 years old, don’t give up on it. There is a passage in the prophets about . . . It says that there will be old men and old women once again walking the streets of Jerusalem. Well go to Jerusalem. There are old men and old women walking the streets again. Well that prophet made that prophecy 2,000 years ago, and it's been a long interval since then. So I think my Jewish values – and it doesn’t just apply to Judaism or to Jews – is don’t give up on your dream. It’s very, very important.
Recorded on: 7/2/07
Zakheim feels that Jews should not give up on an ancient dream.