What Is the Cornerstone Defense Story?

Written by: Christopher Goodrich, President/CEO Cornerstone Defense

Like many small businesses Cornerstone Defense evolved through partnering with several large integrators to staff critical positions on Department of Defense and Intelligence Community contracts. Through this process Cornerstone grew significantly each year creating a workforce of dedicated, cleared, and highly technical employees. 

Over the past few years and in addition to our technical growth, we deliberately chose to invest in proposal, contracts, and program management assets that has allowed us to submit competitive proposals as a prime contractor. Our goal in developing proposals is to not only replicate the functionality of current contracts but provide technical and management innovations that will either reduce operating cost, provide better operations (faster, easier, etc.) than the existing capability. 

As a result of our prime and sub-contracting activities, Cornerstone has grown every year that it has been in existence. In 2020 Cornerstone was recognized by Washington Technology as one of the fastest 50 growing defense companies in Baltimore, Washington, and Northern Virginia.

As a small business, we find it extremely important to reinvest in our company to improve our ability to support our customers and employees. We firmly believe that if we take care of our employees our products and services will reflect a higher standard. While this is a short story and much harder than reflected above, all the credit goes to the employees of Cornerstone Defense who make the company a great place to work, and contribute to the defense of the United States of America. 

About Christopher Goodrich:

With over 30 years of experience building and leading organizations, Mr. Goodrich has effectively provided the Intelligence Community with mission solutions. His work has been in both the private and public sectors, and has been marked by growth and maturity of multiple organizations. Chris previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) group. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of the SIGINT Solutions and Cyber Operation Business Unit for ManTech’s MCIS Group where he established a strong Maryland base of operations. Under his leadership, ManTech expanded its Maryland and Colorado presence and successfully executed a premier Department of Defense contract to provide full spectrum systems integration services to support key analytic modernization efforts. Chris spent approximately 20 years working for the National Security Agency. In 2002, Chris transitioned from the Government to private sector joining Northrop Grumman TASC.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Chaminade University and is a graduate of executive programs at both the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition, he is also a graduate of the United States Air Force War College.