I was cruising through the internet this morning, and chanced up this document filed on the U.S. government’s website (www.fbo.gov) announcing contracts bids and requests for information from defense contractors.
The document is fascinating because since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the little-known Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), which runs the U.S. intelligence community’s global nuclear weapons test detection network (officially known as the Atomic Energy Detection System – AEDS), has been trying to hide all facets of its operations from public view. At the behest of AFTAC, U.S. Air Force security personnel removed thousands of pages of formerly declassified documents pertaining to the organization’s overseas operations from the public shelves of the National Archives until the operation’s cover was blown in 2006.
AFTAC stubbornly refuses to declassify almost everything about its history and current operations, especially the locations of the manned stations and unmanned equipment locations around the world where the organization has hidden its nuclear test detection sensors.
Well, take a look at this document, which AFTAC placed on the fbo.gov website back in May 2009. It lists the locations (including latitude and longitude data) of a fairly large number of the organization’s overt and covert nuclear test detection stations in the U.S. and overseas. Turns out that AFTAC has operational facilities in such glorious travel destinations as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Romania, and even Afghanistan.