Cadre, ka'dra, milit. kad' re, n. A specially trained group of key personnel who can capably assume direction and training of others. Milit. framework of a regiment; a nucleus of officers (Webster).


Over 50 years ago, John J. McCosker Jr., a pioneer in the proposal consulting field, was the first to organize a company to provide Technical Proposal Writing teams to industry. Today his son, John McCosker III — CADRE Principal, has over 35 years of experience helping capture teams to analyze and interpret competitive solicitation response requirements. Mr. McCosker offers upfront directions at no charge to include solicitation review, gap analysis, and cost effective staffing solutions to develop a compliant and winning proposal.

CADRE provides proposal strategizing, planning, management and specialty discipline writing services to the defense, aerospace, environmental, and commercial industries. We’ve supported winning proposals submitted to most DOD, federal and civilian agencies along with major subcontract proposals directed to prime contractors. Clients include the top 20 US Defense Contractors and major Canadian and European companies.

CADRE Proposal Managers and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) average 25 years experience and have earned an outstanding win record for clients on thousands of proposals. Our services cover everything from program opportunity identification and capture planning through post award start-up and contract data (CDRL) deliverables.


The McCoskers have provided Proposal Management and Technical Writing Support services on a continuous basis since the 1960s.

Like so many of today’s prime contractors that have acquired, merged, been acquired and/or reorganized, we have had organizational changes over the past 40 years.

Lithographic Publications, Inc (LPI), Phila., Pa

1965 – John McCosker Jr. organizes the first proposal firm to provide technical writing teams to industry

Proposal Management, Inc (PMI), Phila., Pa

1974 – John McCosker Jr. and John McCosker III re-organize by adding Thomas Kaplan as a partner and opening an office in San Clemente, CA.

TechMedia Corporation, Phila., Pa

1976 – The McCoskers add 30,000 SQ FT facility in Center City Phila for proposal production capability and add two additional partners

CADRE Proposal Services, Phila., Pa and Wildwood, NJ

1991 – John McCosker III forms CADRE Proposal Services. McCosker Jr. joins CADRE in 1995


“Congratulations are in order for having completed another winning proposal! At the same time I would like to express a profound appreciation for the effort of John Kaplin and Ron Christensen in particular, as well as of others in your organization who were involved in the proposal preparation. Out of apparent chaos they forged, on time and within budget, a comprehensive and professional document which responded fully and precisely to the solicitor’s (DOE) interests and needs. Even in the calm of retrospect, it is obvious that their experience and guidance were essential to the success of the proposal.”
– Union Oil Company of California, Geothermal Division

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