Defense Health

Defense Health Services

The efforts of two of Cornerstone’s largest practice groups – national security and health – converge for a range of clients working with the Department of Defense (DoD) in support of the Military Health System.  With the most comprehensive defense health group in Washington, we provide our clients with full-service representation, helping them appropriately engage DoD decision-makers and Congressional policy teams throughout the entire research, development, and acquisition life-cycle. 

We maintain extensive relationships with both DoD and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), understanding both where those agencies converge in their goals and diverge in their prioritization of needs. Our client base in the defense health sector includes universities, hospitals and health systems, start-up companies, non-profits, pharmaceutical and medical device companies and large defense contractors.  With decades of service at leadership levels in the Military Health System (MHS), the Cornerstone team has profound subject matter expertise in all matters related to the MHS.  The team directly engages across all Commands, agencies and organizations supporting the servicemember health and readiness and providing modernized capabilities on and off the battlefield.  Additionally, we layer an unparalleled expertise in Congressional Appropriations and Armed Services Committee processes to help our clients effect positive change and support for the DoD’s health mission.

Organizations include: 

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs 
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs 
  • Defense Health Agency 
  • Uniformed Services University 
  • US Army Futures Command 
  • US Army Medical Research and Development Command 
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency 
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 
  • Joint Program Executive Offices 
  • Office of Naval Research 
  • Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
  • Air Force Medical Service 
  • Military Laboratories (e.g., Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) 
  • US Special Operations Command 
  • House and Senate Appropriations Committees
  • House and Senate Armed Services Committees
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Our Expertise

  • Appropriations and authorizations
  • Legislative and programmatic strategy
  • Planning, programming, budgeting and execution process
  • Budget authorities and accounts
  • Funding opportunities and announcements
  • Research and development programs
  • Medical materiel and knowledge product development
  • Acquisition and sustainment
  • Manufacturing
  • Federal contracting (grants, contracts and other transaction agreements)
  • Coalition buildiung
  • Consortia models, public-private partnerships and teaming