Dr. Isaiah Wilson III

VP for Academic Services
Ike manages business development and provides senior oversight and management of strategy programs for Horizon Strategies, to include development, implementation and execution of “The Horizon Way”, the company’s proprietary strategic approach. He also manages leader education and talent development services.


  • Cornell University - PhD in Government
  • National War College (NWC) - Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS), National Security Strategy
  • U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) - Master of Military Art and Science, Theater Operational Planning
  • U.S. Command and General Staff College - Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS), Strategy
  • Cornell University - Master of Arts (MA), International Relations and American Government
  • Cornell University - Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
  • U.S. Military Academy - Bachelor of Science (BS), International Relations
What are some of your professional career highlights?

Graduating from West Point in 1989, over the course of my military and national security professional career, I have been fortunate to have served in a diversity of assignments as a combat aviator, Academy professor, and strategist, including troop command in Germany and the Balkans during the 1990s civil wars, and numerous political-military research and advisory missions, most notably, with the Army Chief of Staff; Director of Homeland Security; Commander, International Security Force-Afghanistan (ISAF); Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy-Kabul; and others. A decorated combat veteran with multiple tours of combat duty in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, my work over the years has earned me a reputation of being a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar and a leading advocate for change in America's concepts of and approaches to security policy, war, and peace. Since 2018, I served as Director of the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) and U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Press, and concurrently, am also a Senior Lecturer at Yale University with Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs. I recently became the President of the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill AFB.

I have 35 years of experience dedicated to the study and research, teaching and first-hand practice, on matters of national, international, and global national security and defense affairs, which includes years of direct operational (a balanced mix of conventional and SOF-enabling experience throughout my Army Service, joint, and interagency-multinational service), advisory and planning assistance to key and prominent senior-level strategic leaders.

What do you enjoy the most about being on the Horizon Strategies team?

For me, transitioning from over 30 years of uniformed public service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army was a mission in and of itself.  I purposefully chose to avoid rushing into another job immediately after retiring from the military and instead, to take my time exploring a wide and diverse set of options and opportunities.  And thankfully, there were an incredibly wide number and diverse set of job opportunities out there, and offers on the table.  I considered many.  But as I considered option after option, I came to realize what has probably become the greatest ‘lesson learned’ for me about the challenges of career transition:  jobs are easy, but finding one’s next sense of purpose? … now that’s the real challenge.

So, for me it has boiled down to not so much finding a next job (again, jobs are easy) but rather all about my being able to expand and enlarge my lifelong profession as a public service leader.  Horizon Strategies is a values-based, service-leadership focused company that creates a climate of opportunities for individuals to continue their lifelong professional pursuits – their ‘calls to Service’ – leveraging their skills, experience, and talents in new, creative and innovative ways.

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