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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:
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:
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