Advanced Technical Intelligence Center

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Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC)
IndustryResearch and development
Remote sensing
Homeland security
Cyber Security
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
Beavercreek, Ohio, U.S.
HeadquartersGreater Dayton Area
Miami Valley
WebsiteWright State University Research Institute

The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC) is a university and industry-focused research, education, and training nonprofit corporation within the Dayton Region.It consolidates technical intelligence education and training in the DoD, national agencies, and civilian institutes and industry.

ATIC incorporates on-site and distance learning environments and a research lab. ATIC is close to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), a technical intelligence exploitation center; to the scientists and engineers of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), an Associate member of the National Intelligence University System; and to the large and growing contractor base in the Dayton region. ATIC reinforces Wright Patterson Air Force Base’s (WPAFB) reputation as the leader in education, training, research, development and operational employment of intelligence data.


ATIC was formed in 2006 by a confederation of Dayton-area government, industry and academic organizations with congressionally directed funding to help solve the shortage of technical intelligence expertise.[1] Growth in the use of technical intelligence, e.g., Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT)/Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (AGI), Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)—combined with the increased application of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)—by the Intelligence Community (IC) and warfighters are straining the technical intelligence workforce. This is leading to a nationwide shortage of expertise with appropriate clearances.[2] Growth in this workforce from within civilian U.S. graduate schools is hindered by the increasing numbers of foreign national faculty and students enrolled in engineering and science programs.[3] ATIC intends to be the only not-for-profit organization of its kind, to offer the IC specialized, technical, in-residence and distance learning, short courses, certificate programs, accredited associate and bachelor programs, along with the ability to host conferences and events in a secure auditorium, Video Teleconferencing (VTC) and/or meeting room capability, all delivered from a single, secure location.


The ATIC aim is to develop an Advanced Technical Intelligence (ATI) workforce by providing training and education to all elements of the Intelligence Community (IC) and those interested in becoming part of the IC, and by providing research facilities for emerging technologies. To accomplish this mission, the ATIC will operate an educational and research facility, staffed by faculty and subject matter experts, to instruct and grow this workforce in the Dayton area.


Board of Trustees and Officers[edit]

ATIC has a Board of Trustees. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and professions.


Collaborative partners[edit]

  • AFIT Center for MASINT Studies and Research (CMSR). MASINT education and research programs through the AFIT CMSR have led the way in approaches to human capital development for the IC.[4]
  • AFRL. AFRL is a leader in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), materials, and human effectiveness research.[5]
  • NASIC. NASIC is a scientific and technical intelligence center serving as the primary (DoD) producer of foreign aerospace intelligence.[6]
  • Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). The DDC is the regional economic development and advocacy organization whose mission is to support job creation for the citizens of the Dayton region.[7]
  • Wright State University (WSU). WSU is the state university in the Dayton area serving nearly 17,000 students, offering more than 100 undergraduate and 50 Ph.D., graduate, and professional degrees[8]
  • Riverside Research Institute (RRI). RRI is an independent not-for-profit research institute that has been at the forefront in establishing the ATIC initiative. RRI provides technical training, short courses and curriculum in AGI and MASINT[9]
  • Dayton Area Defense contractor's Association (DADCA). DADCA is a not-for-profit, industry association serving as a focal point to improve the defense industrial base in the Dayton region for research, development, and acquisition. DADCA supports aeronautical, aerospace, and information systems and promotes regional economic development activity among local defense contractors and WPAFB[10]
  • Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). OSC is a provider of training, network design, modeling and simulation capabilities, software infrastructure, and research and consulting services[11]
  • Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The NPS is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy’s interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the DoD. The programs are designed to accommodate the requirements of the military, such as the newly established Remote Sensing Center[12]
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU). NMSU is a research university. Their existing Physical Sciences Laboratory has strong federal undergraduate internship programs[13]
  • University of Missouri - Columbia (MU). The MU Center for Geospatial Intelligence has strong ties to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) operation in St. Louis, MO[14]
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence College (NGC). The NGC is the training arm of NGA. NGA provides Geospatial Intelligence in support of national security[15]
  • Professional associations. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA), US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), Association of Old Crows (AOC), and others are committed to the professional development of the ATI workforce.


  1. ^ The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Five Year Strategic Human Capital Plan, Annex to the U.S. National Intelligence Strategy, June 22, 2006.
  2. ^ Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, 107th Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Report 107-351, House Report 107-792, December 2002
  3. ^ Science and Engineering Indicators 2008: Research and Development: Essential Foundations for U.S. Competitiveness in a Global Economy, National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resource Statistics, 2008.
  4. ^ The Dayton Region's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Strategic Vision, AFIT, Wright-Patt 2020, Dayton Development Coalition, September, 2007
  5. ^ Air Force Lab Aims for Relevant Research, National Defense, October 1, 2006
  6. ^ The Dayton Region's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Strategic Vision, NASIC, Wright-Patt 2020, Dayton Development Coalition, May, 2006
  7. ^ Coalition looks to bring 10K jobs to Dayton, Dayton Business Journal, January 18, 2008
  8. ^ Wright State Snapshot,
  9. ^ Riverside Research Institute -- Who We Are,
  10. ^ Wright-Patt growth prompts association membership to soar, Dayton Business Journal, July 20, 2007
  11. ^ About the Ohio Supercomputer Center,
  12. ^ About NPS, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ About NMSU,
  14. ^ Center for Geospatial Intelligence, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-08-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Commonwealth Partners Learn GEOINT with US Counterparts, Pathfinder, The Geospatial Intelligence Magazine, Juanita Hartbarger, Vol. 6 No. 3, May/June 2008