Roger Zakheim is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and is of counsel to the law firm Covington & Burling LLP. At AEI, Zakheim will study and write about defense issues.
A former deputy staff director and general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Zakheim was also the deputy assistant secretary of defense for coalitions from 2008 to 2009, during which time he negotiated and managed the US Department of Defense’s policies and programs dealing with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, Iraq-Afghanistan coalition operations, UN multinational operations, and nongovernmental organizations. At HASC, Zakheim helped secure the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act and was responsible for developing and overseeing the committee’s legislative and oversight activities.
Zakheim was also cochair of the Romney for President Defense Working Group where he led the team that developed the campaign’s defense and national security priorities.
Zakheim has a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and a B.A. in history from Columbia University.
• Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP, 2013–present
• Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel, 2011–13; Republican General Counsel, 2009–10; Counsel, 2005–08; Armed Services Committee, US House of Representatives
• Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Coalitions, US Department of Defense, 2008–09
The clear take away from all this is that Senator Rubio has thought deeply about the role of commander-in-chief and that responsibility appears to be a major driving force behind his expected presidential run.
In an environment where almost every senior military leader is blue in the face warning of the significant risk to our security posed by sequestration's budget caps it seems entirely appropriate to use the OCO to mitigate that risk.