Hadron’s Small Business Innovation Research-backed technologies, and how to acquire them.


Photon is a collaboration and situational awareness platform that turns all of an enterprise’s electronic displays—video walls, desktop monitors, and handheld devices—into a single, unified workspace. An IR&D-funded extension of research originally conducted under two Phase I SBIR contracts, Photon later became the technical foundation of the United States Air Force’s Advanced Collaboration Enterprise Services (ACES) program via a Phase III contract with AFRL.

Contract history

Phase I: HM0177-12-C-0001 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and FA8650-13-M-6388, Air Force Research Laboratory.

Most recent Phase III: FA6643-18-P-0008

Rights: Restricted; SBIR.

Current SBIR rights expiration: November 2023


Carthage is Hadron’s infrastructure management platform. Originally built to manage cyberdefense ranges, it has become a DevOps platform for managing live infrastructure. Carthage quickly deploys fully populated and configured enterprises, including databases, firewalls, and PKI, with 100% consistency across countless deployments. Carthage was originally developed independently by Hadron, and has been further developed with the support of SBIR funds.

Contract history

Phase I: FA3002-19-P-A042, 338 SCONS

Phase II: FA8751-19-C-A068, AFRL.

Most recent Phase III: FA8751-19-C-A068

Rights: Restricted; SBIR.

Current SBIR rights expiration: March 2026

Sole source acquisition

Any technology that extends, completes, or derives from a SBIR investment may be procured by the Federal Government via a sole source action. This is because the original SBIR award (and the vendor’s completion of the contract) satisfies the competition requirements.  Per the USAF SBIR Program Office, an agency that wishes to acquire a technology that has been previously developed with Phase I or II funds “is not required to conduct another competition in order to satisfy” the requirements of Armed Services Procurement Act, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act and the Competition in Contracting Act. More information on the SBIR program and acquisition guidance is available from Defense Acquisition University.