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Horizon Strategies has demonstrated performance across government, corporate, and academic sectors as the prime and a sub-contractor on wide-ranging contracts. We are a highly sought-after, highly praised company that provides diverse offerings and senior-level experts. Some of our work is documented below.
Horizon Strategies provided a Combined Joint Maritime Component Command (with the help of the Naval Reserve) for the II Marine Expeditionary Force's Dynamic Cape Command Post Exercise. This effort added a layer of realism to the event by providing a higher headquarters element with senior level expertise. The team included two flag officers, along with senior personnel, intelligence, operations, planning, fires, logistics, communications, information operations, medical planning, and operational law leaders with extensive joint and maritime experience.
Horizon Strategies began a partnership with Creighton University to create an Executive Education/ Strategist Certification program to help businesses stay ahead of the unrelenting pace of change and competition by creating clear strategic thinking within their business. The program taught executive leaders to not only formulate the correct strategy, but also understand how to implement and evaluate strategies effectively and accurately. The program educates the executives in the science and art of executive strategic leadership and management across five modules: Strategy Fundamentals: battlefield to boardroom; Strategic Leadership; Strategic Planning; Across Functions: Strategic Integration and Plans to Operations: Strategic Implementation.
Horizon Strategies partnered to develop and draft the Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV) Strategic Framework Implementation Plan and the CTTV Assessment Plan in support of the Department of Homeland Security. This multi-phased effort was overseen by the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans and required a Department-wide data collection from all offices and components of DHS, a large-scale plan drafting process, followed by staffing the implementation and assessment plans for approval by the Acting Secretary of DHS in less than six months. This team did in six months what most assumed would take up to one to two years to complete due to the large number of DHS Components and personnel involved, the amount of data collection, data analysis, baselining with other U.S. government strategies, and equities checks required throughout the process.
Horizon Strategies provided 2 X SMEs in support of the First Army (1A) Pershing Strike 2023 (PS23) exercise planning and execution. 1A and participating Mobilization Enterprise partners conducted a Command Post Exercise (CPX) as part of the annual Pershing Strike mobilization, utilizing live reporting from Mobilization Force Generation Installations (MFGIs) to drive mission command processes and cross-COMPO coordination measures through Brigade, Division, and First Army staffs. Our SMEs supported 1As mission through Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) planning and Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) development/execution.
Horizon Strategies provided experts within IMCOM-E in Current Operations (CUOPS) and Future Operations (FUOPS) as surge augmentees in support of current operations and contingency operations associated with the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. Our experts assisted the IMCOM-E staff in providing analysis and programmatic support for the implementation of IMCOM-E plans, analyzed the development of operational and strategic plans in conjunction with and in support of Army commands for current and future operational missions. They also planned, coordinated, and integrated basing and stationing requirements and integrated Army headquarters and garrisons into the theater contingency and exercise plans.
Philippine Army Joint Fires Support - Horizon Strategies continues to provide 2 X Joint Fires SMEs in support of the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) capacity building efforts with the Philippine Army. In support of the Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) Support Pan (SP), our SMEs are engaged with the Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) and other Philippine military constituents to integrate/develop fire support concepts/doctrine and conduct joint/combined arms planning and exercises which incorporate civilian harm mitigation. Our SMEs supported country team visits to scope partner nation requirements and advise on the institutional issues associated with integrating new high-end artillery systems and joint fires capabilities.
SACEUR AOR-Wide Strategic Plan (SASP)/Subordinate Strategic Plans (SSP) Wargame - Horizon Strategies provided SME support to the NATO ACT in support of the SACEUR AOR-Wide Strategic Plan (SASP) strategic framework wargame. The wargame involved the teams responsible for all seven SSPs (Air, Land, Maritime, Space, Special Operations, Cyber, and Reinforcement by Forces), SHAPE planners and leadership, HQ SACT, JFCs and other interested parties at the military strategic and operational levels. The wargame was led by HQ SACT and held at the operational and military strategic level. Our SMEs provided Russian expertise across the domains of Political/Military; Maritime; Land Operations; Hybrid Warfare, and Special Operating Forces focused on Russian Military Strategic Doctrine and likely actions in support of the red cell and white cell analytic team. Their participation included the development and analysis of scenarios and vignettes, assessing blue team actions and adversary reactions, and consulting participants.
NATO 360 Missile Defense Wargame - Horizon Strategies provided SME support to the NATO ACT in support of the Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. This exercise supported the NATO ACT warfare development study assessing the balance of offensive and defensive requirements. Our SMEs provided Russian Political and Military expertise, while serving as role-players in the wargame, forming part of a ‘Red or Blue Team’. Their participation included the development and analysis of scenarios and vignettes, developing a response plan, determining the effectiveness of the action taken during the exercise, and consulting participants.
Horizon Strategies provided the Nebraska Department of Economic Development assistance in formulating and implementing actionable strategic plans guided by the Governor's vision and strategy for economic development, and Blueprint Nebraska. The services provided included development and synchronization of a preparation phase, which included the development of a recommended reading list, condition setting and product development; finalization of workshop attendees, and the development and delivery of strategic planning principles and techniques through a two day workshop to expose and educate the Department.
In support of contingency operations associated with the Russia/Ukraine conflict, Horizon Strategies SMEs have been instrumental in supporting the USAREUR-AF Command Group and staff with collection, analysis, and assessment of open-source intelligence in support of contingency operations associated with the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. Our SMEs remotely actively monitored open-source Telegram accounts, Ukrainian and Russian social media and sites providing daily collection, analysis and assessment directly to the CG, USAREUR-AF, and his staff, and at his request the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was included in the daily updates. As the conflict evolved, our SMEs led the effort to stand up an internal USAREUR-AF capability to replicate the established and proven TTP. These daily reports continue to provide real-time intel to operational planners in the reports distribution, and also included Senior Leaders at the following levels: CJCS + Joint Staff (J2, J5 and OPS DIR); Army Staff (G2 and G3); USAREUR-AF CG and DCG; DIA DIR; CENTCOM CDR; CG V Corps; CG XVIII Airborne Corps; CG 82nd Airborne Division.
Horizon Strategies supported the Renewable Energy Group with Leadership Training through the delivery of Seminar based instruction. Horizon Strategies developed and delivered a tailored two day workshop geared toward Directors/Managers covering a range of topics, to include: Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Leader Development, and Management.
The RELLIS Campus is a National Security Research and Development Ecosystem backed by the State of Texas that supports Federal & State agencies and Industry in applied research, technology and development, testing & evaluation, higher education and workforce development.
Texas A&M RELLIS 1: Marketability Analysis - Horizon Strategies conducted a marketability analysis for the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus, to include an estimate of proposed lease rates of the Research & Testing Areas (RTAs), including runways, airspace, storage and office space for current capabilities, and an analysis of escalation factors to rates based on future capabilities. Horizon Strategies’ experts also developed recommended policy, programs, and procedures for the management, security, storage, transportation, handling and use of explosive materials on the Texas A&M RELLIS campus. The experts used the applicable State and Federal regulations and guidelines governing the security, storage, transportation and usage of explosive material (munitions, explosives, propellants, fuzes, primers and blasting caps) to establish the recommended baseline policy.
Texas A&M RELLIS 2: Ammunition and Explosives Policy Development - An aspect of the RELLIS Campus research, testing and workforce development is the use of explosive materials. With the current and future increased use of explosive material, RELLIS Campus is seeking to understand and establish the policy, programs and procedures for the management, security, storage, transportation, handling and use of explosive materials on RELLIS Campus. Horizon Strategies’ experts developed recommended policy, programs, and procedures for the management, security, storage, transportation, handling and use of explosive materials on the RELLIS Campus. The experts used the applicable State and Federal regulations and applicable guidelines governing the security, storage, transportation and usage of explosive material (munitions, explosives, propellants, fuzes, primers and blasting caps) to establish the recommended baseline policy. They also recommended that RELLIS establish a program for external agencies to certify and inspect the RELLIS program. Physical security measures were identified as well as training (including sustainment training) associated with explosive material management, storage, transportation.
Horizon Strategies provided an information environment SME in support of United States European Command (USEUCOM) during the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. This expert supported the EUCOM J39 Information Operations Division by serving as a senior military deception (MILDEC) planner. In this capacity, he assisted the command staff with analyzing, managing, coordinating, and assessing MILDEC and sensitive Information Operations (IO) requirements, programs, plans, and related activities, and collaboration across the Geographic Combatant Command.
Horizon Strategies supported the 505th Combat Training Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exercise Blue Flag. The exercise is a live, virtual and constructive event that trains air operation centers (AOC) and Air Force Forces (AFFOR) staff in planning, executing and controlling war and relief operations through scenario based events. Horizon Strategies directly supported Blue Flag 19 by providing senior-level highly qualified subject matter experts to stand-up and replicate an interagency coordination cell within the higher command structure to stimulate realistic training for Joint Air Operations Center (JAOC) training to support Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO). In this capacity, the team replicated the strategic and policy simulation required to include background document production, U.S. Department of State interactions and reporting, Embassy coordination (utilizing AMB William Butler, a Horizon Strategies expert, to play the role of the Ambassador), communications and reporting, as well as Defense Attaché and Regional Security Officer roles and responsibilities. During Blue Flag 20, our SMEs provided staff augmentation in support of a joint air and maritime component focused exercise to train a Numbered Air Force (NAF) and JAOC during Crisis Action Planning (CAP). In this capacity, our team developed doctrinally correct products and templates within the higher headquarters J3, to include both the Chief of Future Operations (FUOPS) and Chief of Targeting, to stimulate and drive conduct of the Crisis Action Planning (CAP).
Horizon Strategies supports numerous USAREUR-AF exercises with subject matter expertise during planning and headquarters response cell replication. Previous exercise support includes Dynamic Front 18 and 21, Blue Flag 18, Joint Warfighting Assessment 18, Austere Challenge 19 and 21, Joint Fires Exercise 19, Defender 20, 21, and 22. Planners participated in the Military Decision Making Process, producing all applicable operations order paragraphs and annexes of the supported response cell, appropriate digital/analog map graphics, as well as providing briefings to senior leaders. Planning exercises and orders production have included Corps, Multinational Corps-South East (MNC-SE), and the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). During exercise execution, Horizon Strategies provided subject matter experts to replicate headquarters and staff processes to include CFLCC, Corps, and Fires Brigade response cells, executing all battle rhythm and staff functions for the exercises.
Horizon Strategies provides SMEs as staff augmentees assisting the USAREUR-AF G37 staff in planning (near term and 5-year horizon), coordination, and development of the exercise program. Our expert planners collaborate with internal staff directorates to identify requirements; develop plans to accomplish USAREUR-AF Joint and Service training objectives; assist with planning theater requirements for support and coordinate with service and agency representatives for the allocation of resources; participate in the supporting JELC events including the Initial Planning Conference, Main Planning Conference and Master Scenario Events List conferences as required; and nest exercise training objectives and activities with USAREUR-AF Joint Force Land Component Command Mission Essential Tasks (METs). Our planners produce administrative orders, tactical orders; lead Operational Planning Teams (OPT), Senior Leader Seminars, Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) drills, Tabletop Exercises, Wargames, and conduct other staff work in support of the exercises. Plans developed by our team include applicable annexes, appropriate digital/analog map graphics and products that support briefings and presentations.
Horizon Strategies supported the United States Army, Europe-Africa (USAREUR-AF) G5 with 2 X SMEs in support of a 3-Star purpose-built HQ (Security Assistance Group-Ukraine (SAG-U)) subordinate to United States Army Europe-Africa (USAREUR-AF). These SMEs (1 Strategic Planner and 1 Operations Research and Systems Analysis Planner) assisted the G5 staff in planning Security Force Assistance operations and activities in support of the current operational environment. Our SMEs integrated with the G5 staff, assisting with tasks to include: SAG-U Wargame and TTX development, coordination, execution, and AAR support; white cell and exercise control team adjudication tool development and use; G5 staff augmentation in current/future operations; and assisting the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) with handbook and article input.
Horizon Strategies provided strategy/planning SMEs in support of the USAREUR-AF G33 Current Operations, and G35 Future Operations. Our SMEs assisted the USAREUR-AF staff in the planning, coordination, and synchronization of ground maneuver operations across the USAREUR Area of Operations. Our teammates supported USAREUR-AF current and future operations planning and execution supporting real-world contingencies and military training exercises to include: analyzing the development of plans to integrate Army, Joint, and Multinational requirements to support the command guidance; assisting with planning theater requirements for support and coordinating with Combatant Commands, Services, and Agencies for the allocation of requisite resources; liaising between commands and representing the command during working groups and staff activities. Our planners produced administrative orders, tactical orders; led Operational Planning Teams (OPT), Senior Leader Seminars, Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) drills, Tabletop Exercises, Wargames, and conducted various staff work in support of the command. Most recently, in support of current operations and contingency operations associated with the Russia/Ukraine conflict, Horizon Strategies provided Surge SME support across the USAREUR-AF staff to include G34, G35, G5, and the 56th Artillery Command.
Horizon Strategies provides Russian Foreign Area Officer expertise in support of USAREUR-AF’s creation and development of a Russian FAO course that has immersed students in the study of the Russian military, and its thinking behind the strategies and perceptions of the world. Our experts were instrumental in the development and delivery of a pilot curriculum (delivered in JAN 21) that spans the spectrum from strategic to tactical with special emphasis on the strategic and operational levels within the Russian military. Their teamwork with USAREUR-AF employed global reach back to academia and think tanks, as well as integrating best practices from academia and the Department of State. This work set the conditions for the scaling of the program to include development and delivery of a second iteration of the full Russian Way of War course, a shorter course integrated into USAREUR-AF's Senior Leader Seminar, and a one-week course for planners and commanders.
Horizon Strategies is the prime contractor supporting the U.S. Army Human Resources Command with claims and benefits processing. Our team processes critical administrative actions for Soldiers and their Families to include life insurance, education incentives, disability, and award claims. These services span program operations support and management of Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), Education Incentives Branch (EIB), Awards and Decorations Branch (ADB), and the Physical Disability Agency (PDA). All of these programs are under the operational oversight of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), G-1, with execution through the Soldier Programs and Services Division (SPSD) within The Adjutant General Directorate (TAGD).
Army National Guard Strength Enhancement Program (GSEP) and Transition Counselors Support Services provided career counseling and retention services to Soldiers in the Reserve and Active Duty Components as they transition to the Army National Guard component (ARNG). Horizon Strategies provided program management for four GSEP Coordinators serving as subject matter experts in Hawaii, Washington, and Alaska.
In close partnership with Teya Enterprises, Horizon Strategies provides critical administrative support to 27 USAREC locations in support of the Army recruiting mission. The Recruiter Administrative Support Representatives on this program work directly for the unit command element and perform administrative, IT, and logistical functions in support of USAREC personnel needs.
In close partnership with North South Consulting Group, LLC, Horizon Strategies’ subject matter experts provide oversight for all tactical level virtual recruiting operations for both officer and enlisted programs, developing, implementing, testing, measuring and evaluating all virtual (web-based) recruiting efforts. Our team of lead refiners leverage their recruiting experience to train and evaluate employees, guide each team with knowledge of Recruiting processes and systems, track monthly results and trends for forecasting purposes, and resolve escalated customer problems and issues.
Horizon Strategies, in support of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, provides a team of subject matter experts to plan, coordinate, and produce written orders and supporting products for multiple U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Combat Support Training Exercises (CSTX) and Functional Command Post Exercises (CPX-F) as part of the Combat Support Training Program (CSTP). The planning cell produces and synchronizes doctrinal operations orders, to include supporting annexes, appendices, and tabs for headquarters organizations ranging from Joint Task Force (JTF), Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC), Division, and Brigade level, to include writing doctrinally correct orders from JTF to brigade level, as well as scripting the exercises, producing a master scenario events list (MSEL), and other products to support the training scenarios.
Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group (MCLOG) provides standardized, advanced individual training in Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) logistics operations and unit readiness planning at the Battalion and Regimental levels, conducts Battle Staff Training, facilitates logistics education and manages doctrine, training standards, tactics and institutional training programs in order to enhance combat preparation and performance of Logistics combat Element units in MAGTF operations. Horizon Strategies provides the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group (MCLOG) senior level logistics experts to mentor, teach and coach the commander and staff of the Logistics Combat Element participating in the Logistics Staff Training Exercise (LSTX) a MAGTF logistics staff exercise program. Occasionally, the Horizon Strategy experts help train the logistics staffs from other elements of the MAGTF (CE, GCE, and ACE G4/S4 staffs). The LSTX therefore represents an evolutionary step in MCLOG’s mission to train and educate well-rounded logisticians in the integration of logistics across the MAGTF.
Horizon Strategies experts mentor the senior logisticians leading logistics organizations in the MAGTF Warfighting Exercise (MWX). MCX training audience is normally a Logistics Regiment/ Wing Support Group and their subordinate Logistics Battalions/ Squadrons. MCX is a dynamic force on force exercise.
V Corps - Warfighter Staff Support - Horizon Strategies provided an SME Corps Warfighting Mentor Team to support V Corps training at Fort Knox, KY as part of their newly activated unit training progression in preparation for Warfighter 22-01. This SME mentor team spanned the spectrum of Corps Staff functions to include: CoS, G-33 Current Operations, G-35 Future Operations, G5 Plans, Air Operations, G2, Fires, Air and Missile Defense, G6 Mission Command, Sustainment, Protection. The strategic impact of the efforts to establish a contract element with highly qualified subject matter expertise at the Corps level capitalized on the lessons learned from five earlier contract Corps Response Cell efforts. This effort significantly increased and improved the effectiveness of USAREUR-AF staff to concurrently plan and support regional contingency operations and training, and reinforce the subordinate command relationship with the newly reactivated V Corps. The subject matter expertise provided by the contract support team to take existing theater plans and doctrinal procedures and support training objectives has provided immediate impact in both the planning and preparation for mission execution, as well as establishing the foundation for future training exercises. Discussions with key staff and leaders focused an awareness of current plan shortcomings and provides the impetus to standardizing mission analysis, manning, equipping, and training to refine as well as improve the policies and procedures to execute the mission.
V Corps - Command Post Exercise Support - Horizon Strategies provided SMEs as Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) managers in order to assist with Exercise Control (EXCON) and work as part of the white cell during the V Corps CPX 3 at Fort Knox, KY. Our SMEs with expertise in Protection, Intelligence, non-lethal Effects (IA,CA,Space,Cyber), and Sustainment WarFighting Functions managed, tracked, and assisted with the development, integration and evaluation of injects within the Global Simulation Capability enabled WARSIM. A similar SME team augmented a subordinate Maneuver Enhancement Brigade staff at Camp Ripley, MN with SMEs/WfF expertise in Fires, ADAM/BAE/Air Operations, Sustainment and Maneuver. These elements performed Brigade staff functions and systems operations on Battle Simulation Work Stations (BSWS) and LOGFED.
In close partnership with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the CALIBRE Systems team, Horizon Strategies provides vital TAP sustainment support for transitioning service members across 14 military installations in the Mid-West Region. Advisors on this program deliver the mandatory full-day VA Benefits and Services briefings to 100% of eligible transitioning service members and, on a space available basis, to dependents, caregivers, survivors, and Veterans. The scope of services includes in-person one-on-one and classroom briefings, and on-going briefer training and evaluation. All VA TAP-supported events have a common goal: to ensure service members are informed on, and connected to, the VA benefits that apply to their specific situation.
CUTLASS EXPRESS/INTERNATIONAL MARITIME 23 INITIAL PLANNING CONFERENCE AND LODGING - Horizon Strategies provided logistics services and support to Cutlass Express/ International Maritime Exercise 2023 (CE/IMX23) Planning Event in Stuttgart, Germany. The planning event included over 100 personnel from several different countries. We provided commercial lodging and venue services and onsite coordination.