Allen W. Batschelet
Principal and Co-Founder
Al completed his service as a Soldier, and began his tenure as a principal and co-founder of Horizon Strategies in September, 2016. He brings a demonstrated record of successes as a skilled corporate senior executive of large organizations in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He specializes in strategy and planning, executive leadership and workforce development, organization and operations, strategic alliances and partnering, and risk management. He has substantial experience in human resources, budgeting and forecasting, as well as advertising, public relations and communications.
Al grew up on a small farm in rural Iowa, where his family raised corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle and even a few sheep. While attending Iowa State University, he joined the Iowa National Guard and participated in the ROTC program to help him pay for college. By the time he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1983 he had earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant.
After graduation, Al dedicated himself to a 33-year Army career, eventually rising through the ranks to Major General. Throughout his career, he was devoted to solving complex national security challenges in peace and war, while always focusing on developing and leading Soldiers, and caring for them and their families.
Al leveraged the opportunity to continue his education while in the Army, and earned three master’s degrees in strategy, national policy and leadership, through the Army’s education programs. The knowledge he gained helped enhance and develop his critical thinking, leadership and strategic planning skills.
Among his key assignments as a senior executive, he oversaw the Army’s talent acquisition enterprise at the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command. Additionally, he helped oversee America’s strategic, nuclear, cyber and space forces at U.S. Strategic Command. He headed many and varied organizations and enterprises, ranging in size from hundreds to tens of thousands of personnel, with budgets varying from millions to billions of dollars.
Al’s lifelong commitment to service and duty, as well as an unwavering commitment to his personal and professional values, consistently results in achieving desired outcomes and client satisfaction. He believes success is found in using creative, collegial and disciplined approaches. Chief among his priorities is a focus on frequent personal engagement, transparent communication, timely delivery and quality verification.
William T. Harmon
principal and Co-founder
Bill retired from the U.S. Army in 2015, and formed Horizon Strategies with Al in the fall of 2016. He spent the last 16 years of his career in the Army as a Strategist, specializing in policy and strategy formulation, and operational planning. Bill has managed large teams of functional experts in developing the most complex contingency plans in the U.S. military, and is equally comfortable with advising senior leaders in the U.S. government on policy.
A collaborative leader, Bill’s key skills include complex problem solving, leading teams of multi-functional experts in strategy formulation, executive decision making, communications, and program development. He has extensive experience in working with foreign militaries and governments in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
A skilled strategic planner and policy expert, he served the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights as an Advisor on African Affairs and liaison to the U.S. Africa Command. Bill was the Chief of Plans for the U.S. Africa Command, and before that the Deputy Director for Global Force Planning for the Secretary of Defense. Following retirement, Bill advised the U.S. State Department on policy in South Sudan, and then served for six months as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy for the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, the international organization charged with overseeing the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.
Bill grew up living across the United States, graduating from Berthoud High School in northern Colorado. He comes from a large, happy family with six siblings.
A graduate of West Point, the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and the U.S. Army War College, Bill holds two master’s degrees, was a post-graduate fellow in international politics in the Seminar XXI program of MIT, as well as the Senior Army Fellow in international relations at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.