The Critical Mass (TCM), LLC is a Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Alexandria, Virginia. TCM is comprised of an elite corps of experts possessing technical, program, and policy experience spanning the civilian, military, public, not for profit and commercial security communities. We seek to utilize novel research and tools to prevent, mitigate, and counter horizon threats. We help partners apply professionalized, results-based sustainment to security-focused capacity building, training, and awareness raising programs.

A diffuse and evolving global threat landscape combined with the rapid pace of technological advances, increasing accessibility and vulnerability of weaponizable and dual-use assets, and an expanding and diversifying security stakeholder community will challenge human and fiscal resources and outmoded engagement models. It is critical that assistance efforts adapt to ensure individual and institution partners are set up and equipped to independently yet cooperatively pursue and achieve shared, long-term security outcomes.

VISION to realize an authentically connected, cooperative, synchronized, and productive global threat reduction community that achieves mutually beneficial, agreed upon, and appropriately designed security assistance outcomes.

MISSION to transcend existing global security assistance silos by supporting a critical mass of professionals with the capabilities and sustainment architecture needed to meet and defeat persistent and emerging threats and vulnerabilities.





TCM offers security and defense assistance policy, program, and project professional and technical support to U.S. and other donor Government sponsors, implementing stakeholders, foreign assistance coordinators and recipients.

Beyond T3: Modules and Skills Coaching Designed for Train-the-Trainer (T3) "Trainers"
E-CCEL* Framework for Security Assistance Process Implementation, Coaching, and Workshops
National Security Enterprise/Sector Assessments
Strategic Policy, Action, and Sustainment Plan Development
Institutional Security Practices Integration and Adoption
Stakeholder Engagement Evaluation, Design, and Facilitation
Stakeholder Impact Strategies and Skills Training
Security Assistance Program Lifecycle Design and Advising
Project Continuity and Contigency Adaption/Assistance
Technical, Operational, and Policy Capacity Building Subject-Matter-Expert (SME) Support


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TCM defines sustainability in the security assistance context to be “consistent and demonstrated individual or organizational capacity and self-driven commitment to acquire, practice, adapt, and leverage knowledge, skills, or competencies.

Evaluate Competence

Occurs outside of and is applied throughout the framework sequence.

Cultivate Competence

Information gathering, contextualization of goals, expectation setting, and awareness-raising phase.

Coalesce Competence

A representative group of stakeholders is identified and convened into meaningful bodies or acting entities.

Empower Competence

Augmentation, creation, or activation of authorized and recognized organizational mechanisms that serve as vehicles for the adoption and practice of new or enhanced processes or capabilities.

Leverage Competence

A "Critical Mass" of stakeholders demonstrates the ability and intent to apply new or enhanced processes or capabilities in support of broader or previously unaffiliated teams, organizations, sectors, or efforts.



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The Critical Mass is proud to support the following US Government Sponsors

U.S. Department of Defense

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Directorate

  • Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP)

  • Proliferation Prevention Program (PPP)

  • Global Nuclear Security (GNS)

  • Chemical Security and Elimination (CSE)


U.S. Department of State

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)

  • Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR)

  • Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (WMDT)

  • Office of Export Control Cooperation (ECC)

  • Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS)


Meet The Team

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Tinatin Japaridze
Nidal Abu Sammour
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Jordan Wilhelm
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Arielle Mattes
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Alan Spadone
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Scott Eshom