Roger Zakheim practices in the firm’s public policy and government affairs, CFIUS and Government Contracts practice groups. Before joining the firm, Mr. Zakheim was General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. In this role, Mr. Zakheim managed the passage of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, legislation authorizing the Defense Department’s $600 billion budget.
Mr. Zakheim has extensive legislative and oversight experience on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters, including the passage of the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, as well as matters related to the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under applicable national industrial security regulations.
Mr. Zakheim’s previous experience includes serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, where he managed the department’s policies and programs related to the Iraq and Afghanistan coalition affairs.
Mr. Zakheim frequently speaks and writes on national security and defense issues. His views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico, National Public Radio, Fox News, The Weekly Standard, National Review, among other media outlets.
Defense News called Mr. Zakheim one of the “100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense,” noting that he is widely “regarded as one of the top GOP young guns.” Foreign Policy magazine recently named him one of the “Top 50 Republicans in GOP Foreign Policy.”