Nuclear Security Technology Complex

The Nuclear Security Technology Complex (NSTC) delivers next generation solutions to critical national security issues by providing training, demonstration, and testing capabilities for security technologies. Our staff collaborates with partners in the U.S. and abroad to advance international nuclear security.



Drawing from subject matter experts from U.S. national laboratories, industry, and academia, NSTC conducts training courses and technical exchanges with nuclear facility operators, regulators, and researchers in New Mexico and around the world.


NSTC gives visitors the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in modern nuclear security technologies in a real-world setting. Our expert staff has decades of practical experience in securing nuclear facilities and materials.

Testing & Evaluation

With spacious on-site testing facilities and advanced modeling and simulation capabilities, NSTC collaborates with national and international partners to develop and test the nuclear security technologies of today and tomorrow.


NSTC is a critical, one-of-a-kind resource for improving global nuclear security

Integrated Security Facility

A decommissioned nuclear reactor, the Integrated Security Facility (ISF) provides a realistic venue to demonstrate and evaluate security elements.

  • Perimeter intrusion detection and assessment system
  • Central alarm station
  • Entry control portal
  • Mock nuclear material receiving and storage area
  • Mock nuclear material processing facility
  • Access delay and response survivability elements

Sensor test & evaluation center

The Sensor Test & Evaluation Center (STEC) is a 72-acre facility dedicated to the design, development, and real-world testing of current, new, and emerging sensor technologies.

  • Electro-field
  • Microwave
  • Ported coax
  • Fence disturbance
  • Taut wire
  • Object detection
  • Radar

Outdoor Test Facility

The 200-acre Outdoor Test Facility (OTF) includes buildings, towers, paved and gravel areas, dirt paths, and a fenced perimeter, making it an ideal physical security test site and field training venue.

  • Robotic vehicle systems
  • Unattended ground sensors
  • Radar detection
  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones)

Access Delay Bunker

The Access Delay Bunker (ADB) demonstration area offers a realistic environment for delay component and system research, development, and testing. Participants can also train on the effective use of many delay components.

  • Barriers
  • Passive and activated dispensable materials
  • Delay methodologies

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Public Tour Request Form

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