Who We Are

We are a team of US Special Operation Veterans, Public Safety Professionals, Technical Experts and Business Executives that use our collective experiences to improve the national state of emergency preparation and response. We are passionate about what we do and why we do it; we believe that the work that we are doing today will save lives tomorrow.

Our Story

During the Global War on Terrorism, the U.S. Special Operations Command was directed to increase the quantity of counter-terrorism operations conducted on a daily basis. This required collaboration, interoperability, and information-sharing between all branches of the military, intelligence agencies, and coalition partners. These efforts lead to the development, validation, and adoption of a communication technique called the Gridded Reference Graphic (GRG). The GRG is a visual communication tool that combines a gridded overlay with high-resolution overhead imagery enabling all mission participants to communicate off of a sheet of paper about unfamiliar locations. The GRG is used in every counter-terrorism mission conducted overseas, and its value rests in its ability to enable simple communication and collaboration for operators under stress in unfamiliar environments.

In 2013, the lesson of the GRG was transitioned home around a dining room table when a group of Special Operators shared the concept of a GRG with public safety experts from the Rodgers Group LLC. They realized that the concept of the GRG would increase the safety of their children’s schools by enabling collaboration between first responders during emergencies at unfamiliar locations. Our Team began as a division of the Rodgers Group with the goal of improving communication and collaboration between first responders during critical incidents.

In 2016, Critical Response Group was formed as a separate company partnered with the Rodgers Group in order to transition and implement innovative technology and training techniques to increase the state of national preparedness. It is our goal to enable better decisions faster and to ensure collaborative communication during critical incidents. Our team of decorated Special Operations veterans and public safety experts are passionate about what they do and why they do it; we believe that the work that we are doing today will save lives tomorrow.

Meet the Leadership Team

Critical Response Group is comprised of former United States Special Operations Command operators who used our solutions on hundreds of real world missions; domestic public safety experts who adapted our solutions for use by first responders; and a technical staff responsible for designing and managing our collaborative mapping projects.

Frank Rodgers

Frank Rodgers retired as the Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police at the rank of Lt. Colonel after twenty-five years of service. His private consulting company, The Rodgers Group, develops public safety policy and provides training and accreditation services to hundreds of public safety agencies across the northeast.

Philip M. Coyne

Phil retired at the rank of Major from the New Jersey State Police.  He has extensive experience training and consulting public and private organizations across the United States.  He received his BS in Criminal Justice from The College of New Jersey and MA in Education from Seton Hall University.

Alex Carney
VP of Product Implementation

Alex left active duty in 2017 as a decorated Special Operations Officer in the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Alex served as the ground force commander for dozens of high-risk direct action raids in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the recipient of multiple awards for valor in combat, to include the Bronze Star.

Ethan P. Killeen
Co-Founder & VP of Products

Ethan retired from Special Operations with eight combat deployment and hundreds of direct action raids across Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star for Gallantry in Action. He also served at the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center and is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Keith A. Germain
Co-Founder & COO

Keith has more than two decades of experience in law enforcement serving in roles including SWAT team member and commander, emergency management deputy coordinator, and chief of police. He has extensive experience serving as incident commander during critical incidents including major crime scenes and natural disasters.