About Echelon Strategies

Why do we exist and what does the name mean?

From where did we come?

Echelon Strategies was created to continue a tradition of service to our Nation. Many of our colleagues have dedicated much of their lives to the military or in other positions across the federal government. Now that we have hung up the active duty boots, we have a strong desire to continue to serve those who continue to sacrifice so we can pursue our own individual dreams. As a result of our service, we know what is needed to address the many capability gaps and we seek to provide our warfighters and first responders the leverage they need to overcome an ever-changing environment.

What was the inspiration for the name “Echelon Strategies”?

Our name was derived from two sources. The first of which embodies our holistic approach to addressing the needs of our customers. This inspiration can be found in the text of basic military maneuver warfare doctrine. An “echelon formation” is an infantry patrolling formation in which riflemen are arranged diagonally from front to back, with each rifleman positioned behind and offset to the right (or left) of the rifleman in front. The name of the formation comes from the French word “├ęchelle”, meaning ladder, which describes the staircase effect that this formation has when viewed from above. An “echelon right (or left)” is ordered when there is potential enemy threat to the right somewhere along their patrolling route. However, this formation allows the entire unit to address an enemy threat from any direction (front, back, left, or right) with maximum firepower: all weapons can fire because each rifleman is positioned in such a way that they do not cut off the ability for their fellow riflemen to fire their weapons. This philosophy is evident in our work: as we move towards our objective, we diligently scan the periphery for potential obstacles and when necessary, bring to bear all the “weapons” in our arsenal to reduce those obstacles and achieve our objective.

Our second source of inspiration relates to the government acquisition hierarchy itself. Successfully introducing your offerings to a desired federal customer is a significant effort: one must know of, engage, and garner interest from all of the stakeholders involved in the program. These individuals may include the end user, the project officer, the program manager, the contracting officer, the General or SES, and even the Secretary. Each level, or echelon of command, requires a different approach or strategy…”Echelon Strategies”.