The cornerstone of Motive’s powerful training & education offerings are our two signature courses: Governance, Counter-Governance & Social Contracts (Gov) & Transforming Crisis Systems (TCS). Course descriptions and FAQs can be found below.


Governance & Counter-GovernancE (Gov/C-Gov)

"Governance, Counter-Governance & Social Contracts" (Gov/C-Gov) presents frameworks and tools for understanding and affecting governance systems and authority structures, especially in fragile and/or contested societies. The course takes an empirical approach to examining how power, resources, and norms are organized and maintained in state, non-state, tribal, civic, religious, and corporate governance systems. Taught by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with unique operational, policy and academic expertise, the course translates theoretical concepts into practical, operationally relevant skills. Students who complete the course will be able to analyze, strengthen, subvert or leverage "systems of authority" in complex and contested environments. Instructional format includes hands-on practical exercises, interactive seminars, case studies and a culminating final exercise. The standard course is delivered over 4 consecutive days, but can be customized by special request. This course is designed for military, policy, development, corporate, and other audiences, and is carefully tailored to support the missions and mandates of these distinct communities. 

Transforming Crisis Systems (TCS)

"Transforming Crisis Systems (TCS)" presents a suite of 6 tools and methods for conflict analysis, planning, operating, and assessing (i.e. measuring impact) in complex human adaptive crisis systems such as regions confronting violent conflict, instability, or human insecurity. Developed and proven to deliver profound results in some of the most volatile places in the world, the TCS approach allows policymakers, military entities, civil society and market actors alike to gain unparalleled understanding of human patterns that perpetuate crises in complex environments. The course equips students with the ability to effectively target these patterns and measure positive changes in the system. Based on a unique fusion of systems- and design-thinking, TCS's instructional format features an end-to-end scenario-based practical exercise, as well as interactive seminars and a culminating final event. This course is designed for military, policy, development, corporate, and other audiences, and is carefully tailored to support the missions and mandates of these distinct communities. 

"Motive’s tools & methods offer a critical and missing capability that should be integrated across the community." - SOF General Officer


"Motive’s tools & methods enable deeper understanding of the OE, better clarity on political implications of military actions, and easier coordination with inter-agency and indigenous partners." - SOF CA CPT


“I am often presented with complex situations with no clear guidance. [Motive’s] approaches are more effective and comprehensive than the Op Design I learned previously. Critical for all future missions.” – SF MAJ


“Anyone dealing with a Special Warfare problem-set needs [Motive’s] training. It provides a new way of thinking and approaching problems and can be mastered and repeated rapidly.” – SF NCO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


How can my organization access these courses?

For DoD entities: Any SOF entity can sponsor a Motive course iteration through the UEWTEP contract with a simple MIPR transaction. Non-SOF sponsors can purchase course iterations using a government credit card or FAR-allowable sole source contract.

For non-DoD entities: All forms of payment are accepted from interagency, commercial and NGO entities. A variety of contract vehicles and funding mechanisms are available to U.S. federal customers. Please reach out to us for details. 

Where are courses held?

Courses are typically delivered at a sponsor-provided venue and can be delivered anywhere in the world (CONUS or OCONUS). Our Mobile Training Team travels to you. By request, we host courses at our HQ in Washington, DC or other cities in the U.S.

How does pricing work/what do courses cost?

Motive is deeply committed to fair and transparent pricing. Courses are firm fixed price (FFP) (i.e. all-inclusive flat fee). Pricing varies based on level of customization and contracting mechanism used. E mail to request pricing information or fill out a quick request form here.

How big is a typical class size?

For standard courses, typical class size is 20 students per iteration with a student-to-instructor ratio of 10:1. We’re happy to accommodate your class size needs for custom engagements.

Can courses or follow-on support be delivered outside the U.S.? 

Yes! Our mobile training team has delivered courses and customized mission support all over the world, including high-threat environments. Motive is fully insured for worldwide operations.

How far in advance are courses scheduled? 

We recommend requesting course dates as early as possible to ensure availability on your preferred dates. Booking 60 to 90 days prior to course delivery is recommended. That said, we have delivered courses with as short as a 1-week lead time.