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A modern Industrial Base that integrates traditional and emerging
sectors to respond at will to National Security Requirements


Cornerstone will accelerate research, development, prototyping, demonstration, qualification and integration of manufacturing capabilities and capacities into the US Industrial Base and supply chains. Cornerstone will integrate the diverse and currently fragmented collection of industry sectors across a range of manufacturing disciplines to ensure Industrial Base resiliency and assurance and a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem. To this end, the technical focus of Cornerstone shall be comprised of, but not limited to, these Sector and Requirement Focus Areas:

Aircraft (Area 1) sector consists of, but not limited to, fighters, bombers, cargo, transport aircraft, combat/combat support/combat services helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems/vehicles and the associated components, equipment, networks and personnel to control unmanned aircraft.
Radar and Electronics Warfare (Area 2) sector consists of, but not limited to, semiconductor, captive monolithic microwave integrated circuits, and the related microelectronic manufacturing/assembly facilities required for continual upgrade of military radar, electronic warfare, and other related equipment.
Shipbuilding (Area 3) sector consists of, but not limited to, aircraft carriers, submarines, surface combatants, amphibious warfare, combat logistics force, and command and support vessels.
Ground Vehicles (Area 4) sector consists of, but not limited to, tactical vehicles, armored multi-purpose vehicles, and the associated products required for improvements to legacy systems such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M1 series tank, High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Vehicle and Light Armored Vehicle.
Soldier Systems (Area 5) sector consists of, but not limited to, personal protective and individual systems such as clothing, boots, helmets, parachutes, chemical protective clothing, sensors and lasers, body armor, small arms, shelters, rations, clean water, laundry, and food services.
Space (Area 6) sector consists of, but not limited to, satellites, launch services, ground services, satellite components & subsystems, networks, engineering services, payloads, propulsion, and electronics.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) (Area 7) sector consists of, but not limited to, passive protection, contamination avoidance and mitigation measures taken and the applicable associated equipment used in situations where CBRN hazards may be present.
Materials Industry (Area 8) sector consists of, but not limited to, basic raw materials and the associated international trade supply chains that are integral to the U.S. manufacturing base and the Nation's overall economic and national security.
Machine Tools (Area 9) sector consists of, but not limited to, machines for shaping, machining, cutting, boring, shearing, extruding, turning and the associated tools/fixtures required for holding/constraining/guiding the work piece being machined.
Cyber for the Industrial Base (Area 10) sector consists of, but not limited to, a body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, and programs essential to military communication and data systems from being compromised.
Optics (Area 11) sector consists of, but not limed to, enhanced night vision goggles, thermal weapons sights, monocular night vision devices, aviator's night vision imaging systems, sniper night sights, multifunction aiming lights, mini integrated pointed illuminator modules, integrated laser white light pointers, individual and crew served weapons lights, aircrew laser pointers, green laser interdiction systems, family of weapons sights, laser target locators, lightweight laser designator rangefinders, small tactical optical rifle mounts, Micro-laser rangefinders, and joint effects targeting systems.
Advanced Technology and Advanced manufacturing (Area 12) sector consists of, but not limited to, items of equipment developed with the most advanced technology available and used by the majority of the economy. Advanced technology advances the state of the art and, therefore, has the most growth potential.
Electronics (Area 13) sector consists of, but not limited to, consumer electronics, computers, automotive, industrial/medical equipment, telecommunications, and aero/defense. The Industrial Base consists of engineering companies that design integrated circuits (IC); front end companies that manufacture ICs; back end manufactures that assemble ICs into packages; IC vendors that design and market ICs; systems integration companies that combine ICs into electronic systems; and others as applicable.
Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) (Area 14) sector consists of, but not limited to, major defense acquisition programs and major automated information systems that integrate doctrine, procedures, organizational structures, personnel, equipment, facilities and communication designed to support commanders.
Munitions and Missiles (Area 15) sector consists of, but not limited to, smart bombs, tactical cruise, air-to-air, air-to-ground, and surface-to-surface missiles as well as dumb bombs, ammunition, mortars, and large caliber rounds.
Industrial Base & Manufacturing Skills (Area 16) sector consists of, but not limited to, collaborative efforts to engage the highest industrial, academic, and government technical resources to define and address strategic manufacturing value chain vulnerabilities and program specific technical issues in support of the defense Industrial Base.
Trusted Capital (Area 17) sector consists of, but not limited to, U.S. or National Technology and Industrial Base Integration-partner capital. Efforts will focus on identifying relevant sources of innovation, identifying and leveraging trustworthy sources of capital, and bringing together the right sources of innovation with the right trustworthy sources of capital to accelerate financial arrangements that obviate adversary strategies.
Other: (Area 18) to be specified on a case by case basis.
Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operational Requirements (Area 19) consist of, but not limited to, capabilities that rapidly explore any relevant technologies that provide material solutions for Electronic Warfare, Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance, Computer Network Operations, C4, Weapons, Visual Augmentation Systems, Fire Support Systems, SOF Enablers, and Mobility Systems.


Cornerstone will be established with multiple stakeholders against specific sectors and/or requirements with the
Government right to add or remove members as required. It is expected that each sector and/or requirement will have
multiple members that can range from national industry associations and consortiums to U.S. non-profit to
private businesses (small to large companies) and academic institutions in order to meet the requirements of the initiative.

It is the intent of Cornerstone to provide an effective means for sector/requirement activities as well as cross-sector to
sector activities. Cornerstone will provide the Government the opportunity to engage with non-traditional, traditional
and emerging industries and entities to streamline access and investments for mission critical capabilities.

The "Cornerstone" OTA is to create a flexible mechanism for a public-private collaboration across a range of
specific Industrial Base sectors and requirements in order to strengthen the US Industrial Base and improve US competitiveness. The OTA will provide the means to bring together industry (to include private funding entities) and government stakeholders through a structured engagement forum.


The Government intends to establish tasks using Other Transaction Authority within the established Cornerstone membership. Other Transactions (OTs) are a special class of assistance instrument used to increase involvement of commercial firms in defense research and development programs and for other purposes related to integrating the commercial and defense sectors of the nation's technology and Industrial Base. OTs are used to stimulate or support research and are designed to:

(a) Reduce barriers to commercial firms' participation in defense research, to give the Department of Defense (DoD) access to the broadest possible technology and Industrial Base;

(b) Promote new relationships among performers in both the defense and commercial sectors of that technology and Industrial Base;

(c) Stimulate performers to develop, use, and disseminate improved practices.


Cornerstone Other Transaction Authority (OTA) is established to create a flexible mechanism for a public-private collaboration across a range of specific Industrial Base sectors and requirements in order to strengthen the US Industrial Base and improve US competitiveness. Cornerstone will provide the means to bring together industry (to include private funding entities) and government stakeholders through a structured engagement forum.

Cornerstone seeks a public-private "consortium of consortiums" agreement across a range of Industrial Base sectors and requirements with a combination of private industries (small to large businesses, and private capital) to sector specific industry consortiums and associations to U.S. non-profit organization interested in entering into an Other Transaction Agreement, pursuant to 10 USC 2371b, for the purpose of Title 10 S.2508 Authority:

  1. Monitor and assessment of the Industrial Base
  2. Address critical issues in the Industrial Base related to urgent operational needs
  3. Support efforts to expand the Industrial Base
  4. Address supply chain vulnerabilities


Document Downloads

Cornerstone OTA Final
Cornerstone Consortium Management Agreement


There will be a single agreement for the initiative with an unrestricted number of members that can join to specific sectors and/or requirement.

Note: Non-U.S. companies, organizations, associations, entities and people require pre-authorization prior to access to Cornerstone

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Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why am I having trouble accessing the Cornerstone website?
Common issues can arise with using "Internet Explorer". Try using a different browser such as "Firefox".
2) Is there a cost to join the Cornerstone consortium?
3) Can my organization have multiple specializations?
4) How do I get a DUNS number and CAGE code?
Registration with Dun and Bradstreet is required to receive a DUNS number. A DUNS number may be obtained at https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html. To receive a CAGE code, register to do business with government at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.
5) Are a DUNS and CAGE code required for membership?
DUNS number and CAGE code are required to perform work with the U.S. government.
6) Are Government organizations eligible for membership?
Organic Industrial Base specific facilities and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) are the only intended Government entitites for membership. However, Government employees/organizations are encouraged to participate as Subject Matter Experts (SME) for individual sectors, through an email request to usarmy.ria.rdecom-ecbc.mbx.cornerstone-ota@mail.mil .
7) If I'm a part of another consortium can I join?
8) What are the next steps now that I am a member?
You will be notified of any open solicitation requirements that can be competed among consortium members. Please stay tuned for future announcements.
9) How long does the membership process take?
You will receive a response within 5 business days of membership application submittal. If your membership application is accepted you will be provided the Consortium Management Agreement (CMA) to review and sign. Once the CMA has been signed by both parties, you are officially a member.
10) Who are current members of Cornerstone?
A list of Cornerstone members is available upon request to current Cornerstone members via the Cornerstone mailbox.
11) What are the requirements you currently have?
Special notices will be announced through beta.sam.gov anticipated upcoming requirements. Cornerstone membership is required to submit a response to a Cornerstone solicitation.
12) Do I need to sign a contract for award?
If you are selected for a task award, you will sign an Other Transaction Agreement, which is a legally binding contract vehicle.
13) How are contracts paid?
Milestone payments are negotiated on a individual project basis.
14) How is an OTA different from a FAR contract?
Other Transactional Agreements are flexible contracting mechanisms outside of the purview of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
15) How are we notified of business opportunities?
Business opportunites will be solicited to consortium members for the desired sector.
16) Will all opportunities be competed within the entire consortium or just the pertinent sector?
Opportunities will be directed towards a specific sector or multiple sectors depending on the government need.
17) What are the expectations of consortium members?
Consortium members are expected to contribute their respective talents and resources to the Consortium such as period meeting attendance and participation, committee and/or subcommittee service, or other consultation and/or service as may be appropriate.
18) How are data rights & title of property handled?
Data rights and title of property are fully negotiable on an individual project basis. The default procedure for data rights is for the Government to retain Government Purpose Rights.
19) Can I leave the consortium without penalty?
A consortium member can leave the consortium at any time without penalty, but if there is an active task agreement, that obligation shall be completed prior to departure.
20) Can the Government unilaterally assign responsibilities to consortium members?
21) What color money can I use for Cornerstone?
There are no limitations regarding appropriation type; however, funding must be appropriate to the initiative as stated in the DoD Financial Management Regulation and verified by your financial officer.
22) How does Cornerstone administer the contract?
Currently, Cornerstone requests the requirements office to delegate an agreements officer representative, who is responsible for verifying contract deliverable and approving invoices.
23) What is the cut off date for submission of initiative documention to ensure end of year award?
May 1st
24) Where can I submit an unsolicited Whitepaper for Cornerstone?