A resilient defense industrial base with the capability and capacity to rapidly innovate and provide a technical edge to successfully support DoD and National Security requirements.


Cornerstone accelerates research, development, prototyping, demonstration, qualification and integration of manufacturing capabilities and capacities into the US Industrial Base and supply chains. Cornerstone integrates 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:

Sector Area 1: Aircraft

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.

Sector Area 2: Radar and Electronic Warfare

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.

Sector Area 3: Shipbuilding

Aircraft carriers, submarines, surface combatants, amphibious warfare, combat logistics force, and command and support vessels.

Sector Area 4: Ground Vehicles

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.

Sector Area 5: Soldier Systems

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.

Sector Area 6: Space

Satellites, launch services, ground services, satellite components & subsystems, networks, engineering services, payloads, propulsion, and electronics.

Sector Area 7: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)

Passive protection, contamination avoidance and mitigation measures taken and the applicable associated equipment used in situations where CBRN hazards may be present.

Sector Area 8: Materials

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.

Sector Area 9: Machine Tools

Machines for shaping, machining, cutting, boring, shearing, extruding, turning and the associated tools/fixtures required for holding/constraining/guiding the work piece being machined.

Sector Area 10: Cyber for the Industrial Base

A body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, and programs essential to military communication and data systems from being compromised.

Sector Area 11: Optics

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.

Sector Area 12: Advanced Technology and Advanced Manufacturing

Items of equipment developed with the most advanced technology available and used by the majority of the economy. Advanced technology and advanced manufacturing advances the state of the art and, therefore, has the most growth potential.

Sector Area 13: Electronics

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 manufacturers 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.

Sector Area 14: Command, Control, Communication, and Computers (C4)

Major defense acquisition programs and major automated information systems that integrate doctrine, procedures, organizational structures, personnel, equipment, facilities and communication designed to support commanders.

Sector Area 15: Munitions and Missiles

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.

Sector Area 16: Industrial Base and Manufacturing Skills

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.

Sector Area 17: Trusted Capital

U.S. or NTIB 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.

Sector Area 18: Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operational Requirements

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.

The Government reserves the right to add, change or remove any of the Sector or Requirement Focus Areas, as required.

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The Cornerstone Consortium, which is comprised of 18 industrial base sectors, provides a collaborative environment for the identification and resolution of capability gaps across the Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise, both within and across sectors. Cornerstone’s tailored agreements provide an effective mechanism for executing industrial base prototype requirements by streamlining the research, development, prototyping, demonstration, and qualification process.

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Cornerstone Other Transaction Agreement (COTA) was created in February 2018 as a result of a collaborative environment between the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (DASD INDPOL), the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program Manager at Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC) and Army Contracting Command Rock Island (ACC-RI). The Cornerstone scope was initially set up to support the Executive Order 13806: Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States (2017).

Cornerstone is a prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) contract vehicle and consortium supporting a broad spectrum of Department of Defense (DoD) technology areas to strengthen the force posture of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Cornerstone is operated by DEVCOM CBC and ACC in Rock Island, Illinois, under the oversight of the IBAS Program Manager. To date, Cornerstone is the only Government-managed OTA Consortium, thus providing a unique capability within DoD. Cornerstone supports effective execution of funding for collaborations between DoD Programs of Record and the DIB. Additionally, Cornerstone provides the DoD an opportunity to engage with a wide range of non-traditional, traditional, and emerging industries and entities to streamline access to the DIB for mission critical capabilities.

The overarching Cornerstone OTA and all initiatives under Cornerstone are prototype OTAs in accordance with 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 2371b. Cornerstone’s scope matches the IBAS Program authority areas as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 2508: monitoring and assessment of the industrial base; addressing critical issues in the industrial base related to urgent operational needs; supporting efforts to expand the industrial base; and, addressing supply chain vulnerabilities. Other supporting authorities and provisions include National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017, Title XIII, Subtitle G, Section 881 - Greater Integration of the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB).

Cornerstone’s intent is to provide a collaborative environment for the identification and resolution of capability gaps across the DoD enterprise, both within and across sectors. Cornerstone’s tailored agreements provide an effective mechanism for executing industrial base prototype requirements by streamlining the research, development, prototyping, demonstration, and qualification process.

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Cornerstone establishes a public-private agreement across a broad range of industrial base sectors and requirements. Cornerstone is interested in a combination of domestic private companies (small to large businesses and private capital), academic institutions, and non-profit organizations interested in entering into an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), pursuant to 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 2371b.

Cornerstone is established under 10 U.S.C. § 2508 authority for:

  1. Monitoring and assessment of the industrial base;
  2. Addressing critical issues in the industrial base related to urgent operational needs;
  3. Supporting efforts to expand the industrial base; and,
  4. Addressing supply chain vulnerabilities.

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All opportunities are listed at the bottom of this website:

Document Downloads

Cornerstone OTA Final

Cornerstone Consortium Management Agreement

Membership Eligibility

In general, the following domestically-held entities are eligible to join the Cornerstone Consortium:

  1. Traditional Defense Contractors
  2. Non-Traditional Defense Contractors
  3. Small Businesses
  4. Private Equity
  5. Academic Institutions
  6. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

In accordance with the 2018 Unclassified National Defense Strategy, which articulates the threat from foreign predatory economics and inter-state strategic competitions, Cornerstone will restrict foreign participation, access, and technology transfers. Cornerstone will permit foreign participation on a case-by-case basis, and only when in the best interest of the Government. Members are wholly responsible for their non-U.S. citizen personnel and shall be compliant with 8 U.S.C. § 1324a and 8 CFR § 274a.2.

Membership Form

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Membership Process

  1. Fill in the form under the membership area.
  2. Cornerstone team reviews your application to verify eligibility.
  3. Cornerstone team sends you a Cornerstone Management Agreement (CMA) for your review and signature.
  4. Return the signed copy of the CMA.
  5. Cornerstone team countersigns the CMA and returns countersigned copy.
  6. Membership complete- you will start to receive emails from Cornerstone.

*Please add our email address to your contact list so emails do not get rejected or directed to the SPAM folder

*The membership process takes less than one week to complete.

Idea Submission Process

For government partners: Please contact Cornerstone at

For Industry partners: Please submit unsolicited whitepapers to in accordance with the IBAS BAA found at

Contact Us

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Frequently Asked Questions

New Membership Questions

  1. Is there a cost to join the Cornerstone consortium?


  2. Can my organization have multiple specializations?


  3. 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 To receive a CAGE code, register to do business with government at

  4. Are a DUNS and CAGE code required for membership?

    DUNS number and CAGE code are required to perform work with the U.S. government.

  5. Are Government organizations eligible for membership?

    Organic Industrial Base specific facilities and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) are the only intended Government entities for membership. However, Government employees/organizations are encouraged to participate as Subject Matter Experts (SME) for individual sectors, through an email request to

  6. If I'm a part of another consortium can I join?

    Yes, but we encourage you to verify the terms and conditions of the other consortiums.

  7. 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.

  8. What are the expectations of consortium members?

    Consortium members are expected to contribute their respective talents and resources by providing whitepapers and proposals as requested.

  9. How are organizations with multiple business units membership status handled?

    If the two business units share the same DUNS and CAGE Codes, an initiative can be awarded through the current membership. If the DUNS and CAGE Codes are the same and you would like additional emails placed on the distribution list to alert both business units of opportunities within the Cornerstone Consortium, please let us know.

    If the DUNS and CAGE Codes are different, we would need a new application. Membership to the Cornerstone Consortium is free.

    The CAGE Code must match any whitepaper or proposal submitted to be eligible for technical evaluation.

Current Member Questions

  1. What are the next steps now that I am a member?

    You will be notified via email of any open solicitation requirements that can be competed among consortium members. Please stay tuned for future announcements.

  2. Who are current members of Cornerstone?

    A list of Cornerstone members is available upon request to current Cornerstone members via

  3. What are the requirements you currently have?

    Special notices of upcoming requirements will be announced through Cornerstone membership is required to submit a response to a Cornerstone solicitation. For ease of locating the opportunities, they can be found at the bottom of this website: https://

  4. How are we notified of business opportunities?

    Business opportunities will be solicited to consortium members via email.

  5. Will all opportunities be sent to the entire consortium or just the pertinent sector?

    Opportunities are directed towards the entire consortium.

  6. How can I get more emails addresses added to my company’s profile?

    Send a request to the Cornerstone team via email at

  7. How are Cornerstone's Initiatives numbered?

    CS-XX-XXXX means Cornerstone- Fiscal Year- Sector- Initiative number that year

    For example CS-20-1601 would be Cornerstone- Fiscal Year 2020- Industrial Base & Manufacturing Skills- First initiative for Industrial Base & Manufacturing Skills for Fiscal Year 2020

  8. My organization would like to share our idea with you. Can we schedule a time to meet?

    We do not provide individual meetings to industry to allow for fair and open competition.

  9. How can I unsubscribe to Cornerstone?

    Submit a request to

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Contract Related Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 full Government Purpose Rights.

  4. Can the Government unilaterally assign responsibilities to consortium members?


  5. How are awards paid?

    Milestone payments are negotiated on an individual project basis. Invoices are made through the Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) System.

  6. I am having trouble with my contract, what should I do?

    Contact the Agreements Officer as per your contract.

Government Partner Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. What is the cutoff date for submission of initiative documentation to ensure end of year award?

    Cornerstone places an annual data call to our Government Partners for project acceptance the following Fiscal Year. This typically occurs in May. If you are a government partner and would like added to the data call please email Cornerstone at

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Cornerstone Initiative Request (CIR) Questions

  1. Will Cornerstone provide the contact information of our Government partner to the Consortium member?

    Cornerstone does not provide the contact information of our Government partners as to allow for fair and open competition to the maximum extent possible.

  2. What is the budget for an initiative?

    Cornerstone does not disclose the budget for an initiative as to receive the best cost estimate in proposals?

  3. Will Cornerstone provide a list of other interested Consortium members for an initiative?

    Cornerstone does not provide a list of interested members for an initiative as we do not require Consortium members to disclose their interest in a particular initiative. Cornerstone will provide a complete list of Consortium members as requested.

  4. Has an initiative been released?

    All initiatives get released via email. Be sure to check your email for all correspondence from the Cornerstone team including the release of Cornerstone Initiative Requests. Be sure to check your SPAM folder.

  5. Has an initiative been awarded?

    All government awards used to be posted to You can use the EZ Search function to look up Government contracts. We recommend using "W52P1J" and "Other Transaction" to narrow it down to Cornerstone OTAs. Other OTA's will still appear in the search results but this does help narrow down the results. We recognize that this site is very slow to update and difficult to navigate but it is currently the best resource.

    On October 17, 2020, the FPDS reports transition to was completed. The FPDS reports module was retired and is the only place to create and run reports on contract data.

  6. How are Cornerstone's Initiatives numbered?

    CS-XX-XXXX means Cornerstone- Fiscal Year- Sector- Initiative number that year

    For example CS-20-1601 would be Cornerstone- Fiscal Year 2020- Industrial Base & Manufacturing Skills- First initiative for Industrial Base & Manufacturing Skills sector for Fiscal Year 2020

  7. I have a question about a Cornerstone Initiative Request (CIR), and do not know where to turn, can you help me?

    Send your question to

  8. Where do I submit my response to a CIR?

    Follow the instructions in found in the CIR. There is not currently a web portal for submission.

  9. Can I get an extension for CS-XX-XXXX?

    Submit the request for an extension to Requests for extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

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