Air Force Technical Applications Center


The Air Force Technical Applications Center provides national authorities quality technical measurements to monitor nuclear treaty compliance and develops advanced proliferation monitoring technologies to preserve our nation’s security. It is the sole organization in the federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions.


Air Force Technical Applications Center
Det 415, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Operating Location A, Ankara, Turkey
Operating Location EH, Pentagon, Virginia 
Operating Location PG, Patrick AFB

709th Special Surveillance and Analysis Group
21st Surveillance Squadron, Patrick AFB
22nd Surveillance Squadron, Patrick AFB
23rd Analysis Squadron, Patrick AFB
24th Analysis Squadron, Patrick AFB
Air Force Radiochemistry Lab, Patrick AFB

709th Support Group
Det 1, Patrick AFB
709th Cyberspace Squadron, Patrick AFB
709th Support Squadron, Patrick AFB
709th Technical Maintenance Squadron, Patrick AFB


      Col. Ralph E. Bordner     
Col. Chad J. Hartman
  Col. Ralph E. Bordner
Vice Commander
  Chief Master Sgt. Michael S. Joseph
Command Chief


  • Using dynamite and TNT to enhance nuclear mission

    Ten sticks of medium-grade dynamite, 60 pounds of C4, two-and-a-half pounds of Semtex and six canisters of TNT made for an explosive day for members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here March 13.
  • Divisional wins lead to state competition for AFTAC mentors

    The teams of two Air Force Technical Applications Center mentors will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition April 6 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando.
  • Military moms improve conditions

    In 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was passed allowing women in military service to receive the same pay and benefits given to men, but it did not protect women who wanted to be mothers.