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Improve the Success, Survivability, Sustainability of Mission Critical Teams
If tomorrow you were told that you had six months to build a team to resolve a future radical change event, how would you do it? What would be your methodologies, frameworks, and/or underlying assumptions?

Our goal, in partnering with both researchers and practitioners, is to develop collaborative applied research focused on helping Mission Critical Teams effectively detect, recognize, react, respond, and recover from the radical change events caused by rapidly emergent complex adaptive problem sets.


How do you teach someone to ride a bike? As soon as you start considering this problem you encounter the Tacit Knowledge Transfer Problem. Just because you may be an expert cyclist does not mean you possess the language or the skills to be an expert cycling instructor. The Instructor Cadres within Emergency Medicine, Urban and Wildland Fire, Tactical Law Enforcement, or Military Special Operations, face this problem every day. The Mission Critical Team Institute was founded to partner with Mission Critical Team Instructor Cadres to develop a more precise, and scientifically valid language, to more efficiently and effectively transfer tacit knowledge. As all MCT’s operate within immersion events of 5 minutes or less, we have broken down those events into Detection, Recognition, Reaction, Response and Recover to aid cadre members better diagnose and mediate (or remediate) learning opportunities to fully maximize an operator’s potential.


The Mission Critical Team Initiative was created to support those teams by inviting them into a Collaborative Inquiry Community to share effective practices, validate applied research, and innovate in the area of learning, instruction, and professional development.

We hope that this community will act as an incubator for innovative practices related to questions such as: How do we develop expertise to navigate complex environments? How do we maintain expertise, once we have it? How do we construct and maintain high-performance teams in the face of ongoing adversity?

Collaborative Inquiry Community




• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


• Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
• National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI)
• San Diego Fire and Rescue Department (SDFRD)
• U.S. Forest Service — Wildland Fire (USFS)
• U.S. National Park Service — Wildland Fire (USNPS)


• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• U.S. Secret Service


• Cleveland Clinic
• Stanford University Emergency and Trauma Medicine
• University of Pennsylvania Traumatology


• Australian Special Operations Command (AUSSOCOMD)
• Canadian Special Operations Command (CANSOFCOM)
• New Zealand Special Operations Forces (NZSOF)
• United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF)
• U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
• U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)
• U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC)
• U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
• U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC)
• U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW)


• U.S. Air Force Weapons School (USAF-WS)
• U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS)
• Naval Special Warfare Training Command


• Guardian Group — Anti Human Trafficking
• Team Rubicon — International Crisis Response (TR)


• Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball)
• Philadelphia Eagles (National Football League)
• Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball)
• Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball)


Develop future Instructor Cadres develop expertise to navigate complex environments
Maintain high-performance teams in the face of ongoing adversity
Create an environment with current and/or future MCT Instructor Cadres can partner with both peers and researchers to share effective practices and resolve current challenges
Work with leading researchers and academics to Innovate in the area of learning, instruction, and professional development
Partner & Advise
MCT was created to help teams solve their own problems in a rapid and sustained manner through innovative and validated research and practice

The MCTI Team

The Team

MCTI aims to improve the success, survivability and sustainability of Mission Critical Teams.

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