Our Expert Bench

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“Horizon Strategies is unlike any other company I have ever worked for. There is a genuine concern for each team member. The leadership makes you feel like you are a part of a team, and not just another employee.”

William P. Boykin, Horizon Strategies Project Manager and Expert

Horizon Strategies Expert Team

Our team is composed of senior-level experts with education and experience that span our sectors of operation. Our network of highly experienced strategists, diplomats, planners, and operators lead and enable execution efforts that deliver tangible results and achieve desired outcomes. We are a distributed company, with leaders and teammates spread across the United States.

The following is a sampling of our Horizon Strategies experts:


The Horizon Way, Project Manager and Co-Author, VP for Academic Services

Dr. Ike Wilson III is a 35+ year national and global public affairs professional; a versatile and innovative thought leader and scholar-practitioner. A decorated combat veteran (Colonel, U.S. Army retired, and SAMS planner), Ike has multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and extensive operational experience across the greater middle east. He is a nationally and internationally-recognized leading advocate for change in how America understands and deals with matters of security affairs and uses of force, in times of peace and war, at a time when disruptive change continues to outpace organizations and organizational leadership ability to think and act fast and effectively. He currently serves as President, Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) at U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL. He formerly served as Director of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute  (SSI) and was a full professor and academic program director at West Point, where he also founded the West Point Grand Strategy Program. Dr. Wilson has an extensive teaching and research repertoire, with teaching appointments at numerous prestigious colleges and universities, including Yale University, Columbia University, George Washington University, and the National War College. He has numerous publications to his credit, including, Thinking Beyond War: Civil-Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace (2007 and 2013 2nd edition). He serves as Horizon Strategies’ VP for Academic Services.  Dr. Wilson is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a former CFR International Affairs Fellow (IAF) and is a senior fellow with the Washington DC-based think tank, New America.


The Horizon Way, Co-Author, and Strategist

Dr. David Dudas is a senior advisor and consultant for Horizon Strategies. In his current position he advises government and private sector clients in organizational leadership and holistic strategy development. Dave is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with over 25 years of service that included both stateside and overseas assignments, including deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina for Operation Joint Endeavor and to the Middle East and South Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to retiring from the military, he was an Associate Dean of Curriculum and Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs in the Department of War and Conflict Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. In his previous assignment, he served as a special advisor in the Commander’s Action and Initiatives Group, U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida, under Generals David Petraeus, James Mattis, and Lloyd Austin. Dave was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Military Academy. A former airborne air defense officer and Army strategist, David is a graduate of Ashland University where he played collegiate football and holds a master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers University in international relations and political science.  He has published several articles to include “Nature of the Public Diplomacy Challenge,” Eisenhower National Security Studies, and co-authored a book chapter, “Recanting the Ghosts of Vietnam,” in Handbook of Defense Politics (Routledge). He is currently co-authoring a book sponsored by Horizon Strategies and has played an integral role in developing Horizon Strategies’ proprietary approach to strategy development and implementation. Dave is a frequent speaker in the U.S. and abroad on international affairs, counterterrorism, and leadership.


The Horizon Way, Co-Author, and Strategist

Dr. Arnhart is a self-employed consultant, analyst, and business continuity planner who gained broad experience across military operations, planning and analysis during 29 years of service in the U.S. Army. During her military career, she earned a commendation on a Nuclear Surety Inspection, ensured the provision of human resources support to over 18,000 military personnel and their families, modeled the Army’s military force recommending targets for recruiting and promotions, and providing analysis to support the military pay and allowances budget of $43 Billion. Her analysis aided appropriately sizing the Army to support simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, she modeled the Afghan Defense Forces to direct recruiting, training, promotions, and budget and also directed all Coalition human resources for our command. While serving as the agency director at The Research and Analysis Center in Fort Leavenworth, KS, she led the study relating to integrating women into the closed combat arms occupations. Later, she innovated the assessment of coalition counter-Islamic State operations to inform national level political decisions.  Her recent publications focus on assessments and transitioning from the military. She also served as guest editor of a special edition of the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.


Dr. Arnhart holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from George Mason University. She also earned a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Economics from Colorado School of Mines, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy. She partners with Horizon Strategies to design and co-author The Horizon Way. She also works as a strategist consultant for Horizon Strategies in support of the Department of Homeland Security.


Exercise Planner and Strategist

James is a U.S. Army combat veteran with 34 years of distinguished service culminating as a professor at the U.S. Army War College. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, he holds four Masters Degrees and is a nationally-recognized writer. Also an Army historian, James often conducts battlefield staff rides as leadership-focused experiential learning and team building activities for academia and industry. He is an expert strategist, and served the last 10 years of his career as a staff leader and advisor at the 4-star level, including two years as the chief of the War Plans Division of the Army Staff in the Pentagon. He serves on the Horizon Strategies team as a strategist and exercise designer/planner.


Project manager and Expert

Will is U.S. Army combat veteran with 23 years of distinguished service culminating as a First Sergeant. A graduate of Central Texas College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies and Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in General/Liberal Studies, Will is currently working on his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership at Western Kentucky University. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Will worked as an information technology business analyst and project manager for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). Will currently serves as the Program Manager for Horizon Strategies at Fort Knox, KY. In this capacity, he oversees 42 personnel and decentralized support and administrative functions across 2 locations in support of U.S. Army HRC. Will brought the tremendous leadership and emotional intelligence skills he learned throughout his Army career to his current Horizon Strategies U.S. Army HRC team, transforming the work climate, the team’s efficiency, and increasing retention of employees on the team in a mere 8 months.


Highly qualified Expert

Ambassador Lawrence Butler retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2016. He was a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the personal rank of Minister Counselor. His last assignment was as the Civilian Deputy to the Commander, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, German. This followed POLAD assignments to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and to the Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq. As a senior Defense and Foreign Policy consultant, he currently supports command training exercises for U.S. Army divisions and brigades. As a Horizon Strategies expert, he serves as a Department of State subject matter expert and consultant for U.S. Air Force interagency exercises.

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