Military Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terms

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A

A -- Armament
A/S -- Anti-Submarine (British usage)
A2C2 -- Army Airspace Command and Control
AA -- Active Adjunct (Sonar)
AA -- Air-to-Air missile
AA -- Anti-Aircraft
AAA -- Anti-Aircraft Artillery
AAAM -- ADVANCED AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE
AAM -- Air-to-Air Missile
AAmr -- Antiarmor
AARB -- Advanced aerial refueling boom
AAV -- Assault Amphibian Vehicle
AAV -- Autonomous Air Vehicle
AAW -- Anti-Air Warfare
AAWC -- Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator
AAWS-H -- ADVANCED ANTI-TANK WEAPON SYSTEM-HEAVY
AAWS-M -- ADVANCED ANTI-TANK WEAPON SYSTEM-MEDIUM
AB -- Air Base
ABCCC -- Airborne battlefield command & control center
ABCCC -- AIRBORNE BATTLEFIELD COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTER
ABM -- Anti-Ballistic Missile
Abn -- Airborne
AC -- Active Component
AC -- aircraft
AC -- Aircraft Carrier
AC -- Aircraft Commander
ACA -- Advanced Cargo Aircraft (USA)
ACC -- Air Combat Command (USAF)
ACCOUNTABILITY
ACCS -- Army Command and Control Systems
ACCURACY OF FIRE
ACDA -- Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
ACINT -- ACOUSTIC INTELLIGENCE
ACINT -- Acoustic Intelligence
ACM -- Advanced Cruise Missile
ACM -- Air Combat Maneuvering
ACMI -- Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation
ACMR -- Air Combat Maneuvering Range
ACNO -- Assistant Chief of Naval Operations
ACOS -- Assistant Chief of Staff
ACOUSTIC MINE
ACOUSTIC WARFARE
ACR -- Armored Cavalry Regiment (USA)
ACS -- Artillery Computer System
ACS -- Assistant Chief of Staff
ACT -- AVION de COMBAT TACTIQUE
ACTIVE AIR DEFENSE
ACTIVE AIRCRAFT
ACV -- Air Cushion Vehicle
ACW -- Anti-Carrier Warfare
AD -- Air Defense
ADARS -- Advanced Defensive Avionics Response Strategy
ADATS -- Air Defense Anti-Tank System
ADAWS -- Action Data Automation Weapon System
ADBZ -- Air Defense Battle Zone
ADCAP -- Advanced Capability (Mk 48 torpedo)
ADCIS -- Air Defence Command Information System (British)
ADDISS -- Advanced Deployable Digital Imagery Support System
ADDS -- Army Data Distribution System
ADGE -- Air Defense Ground Environment
ADIZ -- Air Defense Identification Zone
ADM -- Advanced Development Model
ADM -- Atomic Demolition Munition
ADP -- Automatic Data Processing
ADPA -- American Defense Preparedness Association
Adv -- Advanced
ADV -- Air Defense Vehicle
ADVCAP -- Advanced Capability
ADVISORY TASKING
AE -- Assault Echelon (of amphibious force) (USMC)
AEC -- Atomic Energy Commission (now Dept of Energy)
AEGIS
AERIAL PORT
AEROSPACE
AETC -- Air Eduction and Training Command (USAF)
AEV -- Armored Engineer Vehicle
AEW -- Airborne Early Warning
AF -- Audio Frequency
AFA -- Air Force Association
AFAP -- Artillery-Fired Atomic Projectiles
AFARV -- Armored Forward Area Rearm Vehicle
AFAS -- - Advanced Field Artillery System
AFATDS -- Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System
AFB -- Air Force Base
AFC -- Automatic Frequency Control
AFCEA -- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Assn
AFCENT -- Allied Forces Central Europe (NATO)
AFCS -- Automatic ( or adaptive) Flight Control System
AFLC -- Air Force Logistics Command (USAF)
AFM -- Air Force Manual
AFMC -- Air Force Material Command (USAF)
AFN -- Armed Forces Network (TV-radio)
AFNORTH -- Allied Forces Northern Europe (NATO)
AFOE -- Assault Follow-On Echelon (amphibious force)(USMC)
AFP -- Air Force Pamphlet
AFPISEC -- Air Force Plan for Intelligence Support to Electronic Combat
AFQT -- Armed Forces Qualification Test
AFR -- Air Force Regulation
AFR -- Armed Force Reserve
AFSATCOM -- Air Force Satellite Communications System
AFSC -- Air Force Systems Command (USAF)
AFSOC -- Air Force Special Operations Command
AFSOUTH -- Allied Forces Southern Europe (NATO)
AFSPC -- Air Force Space Command (USAF)
AFTI -- Advanced Fighter Technology Integration Program
AFV -- Armored Fighting Vehicle
AGC -- Automatic Gain Control
AGE -- Aerospace Ground Equipment
AGE -- Experimental Auxiliary Ship
AGGRESSOR FORCES
AGI -- intelligence collection ship
AGM -- Air-To- Ground Missile
AGR -- Active Guard and Reserve
AGS -- Armored Gun System
AGW -- Autonomous Guided Weapon (USAF)
AH -- Attack Helicopter (USA designation)
AHIP -- Army Helicopter Improvement Program
AHRS -- Attitude and Heading Reference System
AI -- Air Intelligence
AI -- Air Intercept
AI -- Artifical Intelligence
AIA -- Aerospace Industries Association
AID -- Agency for International Development
AIM -- Air-Intercept Missile
AIPS -- Advanced Integrated Propulsion System
AIR BREATHER -- AIR-BREATHING MISSILES/AIRPLANE
Air -- sup Air superiority
AIR SUPERIORITY
AIR TARGET MATERIALS PROGRAM
AIRBORNE COMMAND POST
AIRBURST
AIRCRAFT DESIGNATIONS
AIRCRAFT UTILIZATION
AIRMOBILE -- OPERATIONS
AIRSPEED
AIWS -- Air Interdiction Weapons System (USN)
AJ -- Anti-Jam
ALARM
ALARM -- Air-Launched Antiradiation Missile
ALB -- Air-Land Battle (USA)
ALCC -- Airlift Control Center
ALCM -- Air-Launched Cruise Missile
ALCS -- Airborne Launch Control System
ALE -- Automatic Link Establishment
ALERT
ALFS -- Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar
ALLTV -- All-Light-Level Television
ALMV -- Air-Launched Miniature Vehicle
Alnav -- All-Navy (USN)
ALPS -- Accidental Launch Prevention System (ABM concept)
ALWT -- Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (now Mk 50)
AM -- Amplitude Modulation
AMAS -- Advanced Manned Aerial Scout
AMC -- Air Mobility Command (USAF)
AMC -- Army Materiel Command
AMC -- Army Medical Corps
AMCM -- Airborne Mine Countermeasures
AMI -- American Military Institute
AMP -- Avionics Modernization Program
Amph -- Amphibious
AMPHIBIOUS LIFT
AMPHIBIOUS OPS -- AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION
AMRAAM -- Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile
An -- Antonov (Soviet aircraft designation)
AN/SPS-48 -- prefix for US electronic systems
ANALYSIS
ANBACIS -- Automated Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Information Syst
ANG -- Air National Guard
ANGLICO -- Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
ANGOSTA -- ANG Operational Support Transport Aircraft
ANMCC -- Alternate National Military Command Center
ANT -- Andre N. Tupolev (Soviet aircraft designation; later Tu)
ANTENNA MINE
ANTIAIR WARFARE
ANTISWEEP DEVICE
ANTITERRORISM
ANZUS -- Australia, New Zealand, and US (alliance)
AO -- Area of Operations
AOA -- Amphibious Objective Area
AOC -- Army Operations Center
AOC -- Association of Old Crows
AP -- Airport
AP-T -- ARMOR-PIERCING-TRACER
APC -- Armored Personnel Carrier
(APC) AP CAPPED -- ARMOR-PIERCING CAPPED
APDS -- Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot (ammunition)
APDS-T -- ARMOR-PIERCING DISCARDING SABOT WITH TRACER
APF -- Afloat Pre-positioning Force
APFSDS -- ARMOR PIERCING, FIN-STABILIZED, DISCARDING-SABOT
APHC -- ARMOR-PIERCING HARD-CORE
APHEI -- ARMOR-PIERCING HIGH-EXPLOSIVE INCENDIARY
API -- ARMOR-PIERCING INCENDIARY
APN -- Aircraft Procurement, Navy (funding category)
APOGEE
APPROPRIATIONS -- BILL
APR -- Automatic Power Reserve
APU -- Auxiliary Power Unit
AR -- Air Refueling
AR -- Army Regulation (USA)
ARDS -- Aerial Rocket Delivery System
ARE -- Admiralty Research Establishment (UK)
ARG -- Amphibious Ready Group
ARIA -- ADVANCED RANGE INSTRUMENTATION AIRCRAFT
ARK -- ATOMNAYA RAKETNAYA KREYSER
ARM -- Anti-Radar Missile
ARM -- Anti-Radiation Missile
ARMED FORCES COURIER SERVICE
ARMS CONTROL
Armt -- Armament
ARMY
ARNG -- Army National Guard
ARPA -- Advanced Research Projects Agency
Arty -- Artillery
ARV -- ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE
ARWG -- - Acquisition Reform Working Group (104th Congress)
AS-( -- ) Air-to-Surface Missile
ASAP -- Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (NASA's)
ASARS -- Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System
ASAS -- All Source Analysis System (USA)
ASAT -- Anti-satellite Satellite
ASBCA -- Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
ASCM -- Anti-Ship Cruise Missile
ASD -- Assistant Secretary of Defense
ASDIC -- Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee
ASEAN -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASLCM -- Advanced Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (USN)
ASM -- Air-to-Surface Missile
ASM -- AntiShip Missile
ASMD -- Anti-Ship Missile Defense
ASMS -- Advanced Strategic Missile Systems (USAF)
ASN -- Assistant Secretary of the Navy
ASOC -- Air Support Operations Center
ASPJ -- AIRBORNE SELF-PROTECTION JAMMER
ASPJ -- Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
ASR -- Air-Sea-Rescue (SAR is now in general use)
ASRAAM -- Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile
ASROC -- AntiSubmarine Rocket
ASSESSMENT
Ast -- Nav Shipyard (Astilleros Navales)
ASTOR -- Anti-Submarine Torpedo (Mk 45 torpedo; discarded)
ASUTAA -- Acoustic System Upgrade To ASW Aircraft (P-3)
ASUW -- Anti-Surface Warfare
ASV -- Antisurface Vessel (radar)
ASW -- AntiSubmarine Warfare
ASW/SOW -- Anti-Submarine Welfare/Stand-off Weapon
ASWOC -- ASW Operations Center
AT -- Anti-Tank
AT -- Antiterrorism
ATA -- ADVANCED TACTICAL AIRCRAFT
ATA -- Advanced Tactical Aircraft (USN) (canceled A-12 program)
ATAC -- Antiterrorist Alert Center
ATACC -- Advanced Tactical Air Command Central
ATACMS -- Army Tactical Cruise Missile System
ATARS -- Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (USAF)
ATB -- Advanced Technology Bomber (now USAF B-2)
ATBM -- Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile
ATC -- Air Training Command (USAF)
ATD -- Advanced Technology Demonstration
ATDS -- Airborne Tactical Data Systems
ATE -- Automatic Test Equipment
ATF -- Advanced Tactical Fighter (F-22)
ATF -- Amphibious Task Force
ATGM -- Anti-Tank Guided Missile
ATGW -- Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
ATGW -- Antitank Guided Weapons
ATHS -- Airborne Target Handover System (USA)
ATHS -- Automated Target Handoff System
ATI -- Airborne Track Illuminator
ATIMS -- Airborne Tactical Information Management System
ATM -- Anti-Tactical Missile
ATM -- Anti-Tactical Missile
ATM -- Antitank Missile
ATO -- Airborne Tactical Officer
ATP -- ACQUISITION, TRACKING, POINTING TECHNOLOGIES
ATSA -- Advanced Tactical Support Aircraft (USN)
ATTENUATION
ATTS -- Air-Transportable Towed Systems
AUSA -- Association of the US Army
AUTEC -- Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (USN)
AUTHENTICATION
Author. -- Authorized
AUTHORIZATION -- BILL
AUTODIN -- AUTOMATIC DIGITAL NETWORK
AUTOSEVOCOM -- Automatic Secure Voice Communication
AUTOVON -- Automatic Voice Network
AUV -- Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
AV -- Aviation (USN qualification)
Avg -- Average, normal
AVLB -- ARMORED VEHICLE-LAUNCHED BRIDGE
Avn -- Avaition
AWACS -- Airborne Warning And Control System
AWS -- Air Weather Service (USAF)
AWS -- Amphibious Warfare School (USMC)


B

B/N -- Bombardier/Navigator
BA -- Budget Activity (funding)
BA -- Budget Authority (funding)
BACK-SCATTERING
BAe -- British Aerospace
BAI -- Battlefield Air Interdiction (USAF)
BALLISTICS
BALTAP -- Baltic Approaches
BAM -- Base Aerea Militar
BAN -- Base Aeronavale
BAOR -- British Army On the Rhine
BASE SECTION
BASIC INTELLIGENCE
BAT -- - Brilliant Anti-Armor Submunition
BATTERY
BATTLE CASUALTY
BATTLE GROUP
BB -- Boatbuilding
BBG -- Battleship Battle Group
BCS -- battery computer system
BDA -- Bomb Damage Assessment
BDAT -- Battle Damage Assessment Team (Navy)
Bde -- Brigade (USA)
BDK -- BOL'SHOY DESANTNYY KORABL'
Be -- Beriev (Soviet aircraft designation)
BEAM RIDER
BEAM WIDTH
BERP -- British Experimental Rotor Programme
BFV -- Bradley Fighting Vehicle
BFVS -- - Bradley Fighting Vehicle System
BGAAWC -- Battle Group Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator
BGPHES -- BATTLE GROUP PASSIVE HORIZON EXTENSION SYSTEM
bhp -- Brake Horsepower
BICES -- BATTLEFIELD INFORMATION COLLECTION AND EXPLOITATION
BICES -- Battlefield Information Collection and Exploitation System
BIDS -- Biological Integrated Detection System
BITE -- Built-In Test Equipment
BIW -- Bath Iron Works, Maine
BKEP -- Boosted Kinetic Energy Penetrator
BLACK HULL
BLAST EFFECT
Bldr -- Builder
BLISTER AGENT
Blk -- Block
BLOOD AGENT
BLUE COMMANDER
BM/C3 -- Battlefield Management/Command, Control, and Communications
BMD -- Ballistic Missile Defense
BMEWS -- Ballistic Missile Early Warning System
BMR -- Bomber
BMS -- Ballistic Missile Ship (discarded concept)
Bn -- battalion
bomb/nav -- bombardier/navigator
bomb/nav -- bombing/navigation
BOTTOM MINE
BOUQUET MINE
BPDMS -- Basic Point Defense Missile System (Sea Sparrow)
BPK -- BOL'SHOY PROTIVOLODOCHNYY KORABL'
Brig -- Brigade
Brig -- Brigadier
BRITISH GLOSSARY
BSFV -- Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle
BSTF -- Base Shop Test Facilities
BSTS -- Boost Surveillance and Tracking System
BT -- Bathythermograph
BTI -- Balanced Technology Initiative
Bty/Btry -- Battery
BUDGET AUTHORITY
BUDGET RESOLUTION
BUFF -- Big Ugly Fat Fellow (slang for B-52)
BVR -- Beyond Visual Range
BW -- Biological Warfare
BW -- Boat Works
BWC -- Biological Weapons Command
BY -- Boat Yard


C

C-E -- Communications-Electronics
C2 -- Command and Control
C3 -- Command, Control, and Communications
C3BM -- C3 for Battle Management
C3CM -- C3 Countermeasures
C3I -- C3 and Intelligence
C4I2 -- C3, Computers, Intelligence, and Interoperability
CAAIS -- Computer-Assisted Action Information System
CACS -- Computer Assisted Command System (British)
CAD -- Computer Assisted Design
CAG -- Carrier Air Group (now CVW)
CAG -- Commander Air Group
CAINS -- Carrier Aircraft Inertial Navigation System
cal -- caliber
CALL SIGN
CALS -- Computer Aided Logistics Support
CAN -- Canister
CAP -- Combat Air Patrol
CAPTOR -- encapsulated torpedo (mine)
CAS -- Close Air Support
CASS -- Command Active Sonobouy System
CASS -- Consolidated Automated Support System (Navy)
CASTOR -- Corps Airborne Stand-Off Radar
Cat -- Catapult
CATIES -- Combined Arms Training Integrated Evaluation System
CAV -- Cavalry Fighting Vehicle
CB -- Chemical-Biological
CBD -- Commerce Business Daily
CBO -- Congressional Budget Office
CBR -- Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (warfare)
CBRS -- Concept Based Requirements System
Cbt -- Combat
CBU -- Cluster Bomb Unit
CBW -- Chemical Biological Warfare
CCDD -- Charged-coupled Device Detectors
CCIS -- Command and Control Infromation System
CCTV -- Closed-Curcuit Television System
CD -- Conference on Disarmament
CDE -- Conference on Disarmament in Europe
CDI -- Conventional Defense Improvements
CDIP -- Combined Defense Improvement Projects
CDO -- Command Duty Officer
CDR -- Contractor Design Review
CEC -- Civil Engineer Corps (USN)
CEC -- Cooperative Engagement Capability
CECOM -- Communications and Electronics Command (USA)
CELV -- Complementary Expendable Launch Vehicle
CEM -- Combined Effects Munitions
CENTAG -- Central Army Group (NATO)
CEP -- Circular Error Probable
CEWI -- Combat Electronic Warfare and Intelligence
CFAR -- Constant False Alarm Rate
CFE -- Conventional Forces in Europe
CFI -- Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (Bradley)
CFT -- Conformal Fuel Tank
cg -- Center of Gravity
CG -- Coast Guard (usually USCG)
CG -- Commanding General
CG -- Cruiser, Guided Missile (designation USN)
CGAS -- Coast Guard Air Station
CGC -- Coast Guard Cutter (normally USCGC)
CGD -- Coast Guard District
CGN -- Cruiser, Guided Missile, Nuclear (USN)
CGS -- Common Ground Station
CGS -- CONUS ground station
CH, -- Ch. Nav Builder, shipyard (Chantier, Chantier Naval)
CHAFF
CHAMPUS -- Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Service
CHEMICAL HORN
CI -- Counter Intelligence
CIA -- Central Intelligence Agency
CIB -- Command Information Bureau
CIC -- Combat Information Center
CID -- Criminal Investigation Division (USA)
CILOP -- Conversion-In-Lieu Of Procurement (USN)
CINC -- Commander-in-Chief
CINCEASTLANT -- Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic (NATO)
CINCHAN -- Commander-in-Chief Channel (NATO)
CINCs -- Commanders-in-chief of unified and specified commands
CINCUSNAVEUR -- Commander-in-Chief US Naval Forces Europe
CIS -- Combat Identification System
CIU -- Control Interface Unit
CIVIC ACTION
Civil Authorities (U.S.)
CIWS -- Close-in Weapon System
CLGP -- Cannon-Launched Guided Projectile (now Copperhead)
CLOS -- Command to Line Of Sight
CLUSTER GUARD
CMB -- Coastal Motor Boat (not USN ship designation)
Cmd -- Command (USA)
CMRS -- Countermeasures Receiver Set
CN, -- Cant. Nav. Naval Shipyard (Cantiere Navale)
CNA -- Center for Naval Analyses
CNET -- Chief of Naval Education and Training
CNO -- Chief of Naval Operations
CNR -- Chief of Naval Research
CO -- Commanding Officer
Co -- Company
COB -- Collocated Operating Base
COCOM -- Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls
COD -- Carrier Onboard Delivery
CODAG -- Combined Diesel And Gas turbine (propulsion)
CODLAG -- Combined Diesel-Electric And Gas turbine
CODOG -- Combined Diesel Or Gas turbine (propulsion)
COEA -- Cost and Economic Analysis
COGAG -- Combined Gas turbine And Gas turbine (propulsion)
COHORT -- Cohesion, Operational Readiness, and Training
COIN -- Counterinsurgency
COISEC -- Concept of Ops for Intel Support to Electronic Combat
COLLECTION REQUIREMENT
Comd -- Command
Comdt -- Commandant
COMINT -- Communications Intelligence
(COMINT) -- COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE
Comm -- Commission
Comm -- communications
COMMZ -- Communications Zone
COMPASS CALL
COMPUSEC -- Computer Security
COMSEC -- Communications Security
COMSTRIKEFORSOUTH -- Commander Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe
COMZ -- Communications Zone
CONAG -- Combined Nuclear And Gas turbine (propulsion)
CONAS -- Combined Nuclear And Steam (propulsion)
CONSTANT WEB
CONTACT MINE
CONTINUING RESOLUTION
CONUS -- Continental United States
COOP -- Craft Of Opportunity Program (minesweeper)
CORPS
Cort -- Escort
COS -- Chief of Staff
COSAN -- Combined Steam And Nuclear (propulsion)
COTAR -- Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
CP -- Command Post
CP -- Controllable-Pitch
CPA -- Closet Point of Approach
CPS -- Collective Protection System (USN)
CPU -- Central Processing Unit
CPX -- Command Post Exercise
CRAF -- Civil Reserve Air Fleet
CRAFTS -- CIVIL RESERVE AUXILIARY FLEET SHIPS
CRAFTS -- Civil Reserve Auxiliary Fleet Ships
CRS -- Congressional Research Service
CRT -- Cathode Ray Tube
CSAR -- Combat Search And Rescue (SAR)
CSBM -- Confidence and Security-Building Measures
CSCE -- Conference on Security and Co-op in Europe (now OSCE)
CSDT -- Control for Submarine Discharge Topedo
CSLT -- Control for Surface-launched Torpedo
CSOC -- Consolidated Space Operations Center
CSSCS -- Combat Service Support Control System
CSU -- Control Selection Unit
CT -- Counterterrorism
CTB -- Comprehensive Test Ban
CTF -- Commander Task Force
CTG -- Commander Task Group
CTOL -- Conventional Take-Off and Landing
CTU -- Commander Task Unit
CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CV -- Aircraft Carrier, Conventional (designation)
CV -- Cargo Variant (LSD-41 variant)
CV SLEP -- Carrier Service Life Extension Program
CVBG -- Carrier Battle Group
CVG -- carrier air group (no longer used)
CVN -- Aircraft Carrier, Nuclear (designation)
CVW -- Carrier Air Wing
CW -- Chemical Warfare
CW -- Continuous Wave
CWC -- Composite Warfare Commander (USN)
CY -- Calendar Year
CZ -- Convergence Zone (Sonar)


D

D -- Displacement
D&V -- Demonstration and Validation
DA -- Department of the Army
DAACM -- Direct Airfield Attack Combined Munition
DAB -- Defense Acquisition Board
DACT -- Data Automation Communication Terminal (Marine Corps')
DACT -- Defensive Air Combat Training
DAMA -- Demand Assigned Multiple Access
DANCS -- Distributed Adv Naval Combat System
DAP -- Department of the Army Publication
DARIN -- Display Attack and Ranging Inertial Navigation
DARPA -- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (now ARPA)
DASH -- Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter
DASO -- Demonstration And Shakedown Operation
dc -- depth charge
DCA -- Defense Communications Agency
DCA -- Dual Capable Aircraft
DCAA -- Defense Contract Audit Agency
DCI -- Director of Central Intelligence
DCIMI -- Defense Council on Integrity and Management
DCN -- Direction des Constructions Navales (France)
DCNO -- Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
DCS -- Defense Communications Systems
DCS -- Deputy Chief of Staff
DCT -- Depth-Charge Thrower
DD -- Destroyer
DD, DDm -- Dock, Dry Dock Company
DD/EFT -- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer
DDC -- Data Distribution Center
DDE -- Destroyer Escort
DDG -- Destroyer, Guided Missile
DDN -- Defense Data Network
DDS -- Deep Dive System (USN)
DDT&E -- Director, Defense Test and Evaluation
DECEPTION
DECLASSIFY
DECM -- Deception ECM
DEERS -- Defense Enrollment Eligibility System
Def -- Defense
DEFCON -- Defense Condition
DEFICIT
DELTIC -- Delay Line Time Compression
DEM/VAL -- Demonstration and Validation
DEMON -- Demodulated Noise
Dep -- Deputy
DEPLOYMENT
DEPMEDS -- Deployable Medical Systems
Des -- Destroyer
DESA -- Defense Evaluation Support Activity
Det -- Detachment
DETECTION
DEW -- DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS
DEW -- Directed-Energy Weapons
DEW -- Distant Early Warning
DF -- Direction Finding (also see HF/DF)
DGSC -- Defense General Supply Center
DHS -- Data Handling System
DI -- Drill Instructor
DIA -- Defense Intelligence Agency
DICASS -- Directional Command Active Sonobuoy System
DIFAR -- Directional Finding And Ranging (sonobuoy)
Dim -- Dimensions
Dir -- Director
DIRECTION FINDING
DIS -- Defense Investigative Service
DISCO -- Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office
DISPERSION
Div -- Division
DIVAD -- Division Air Defense System (Sgt York)
DIVERSION
DIVISION
DLA -- Defense Logistics Agency
DLI -- Deck-Launched Interceptor (USN)
DLIR -- Downward-Looking Infrared
DMA -- Defense Mapping Agency
DMAS -- Digital Modular Avionics System
DMSP -- Defense Meterological Support Program (originally "Satellite
DMT -- DEEP Mobile Target
DMTI -- Digital Moving Target Indicator
DMZ -- Demilitarized Zone
DNA -- Defense Nuclear Agency
DND -- Department of National Defence (Canada)
DOD BUDGET -- DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET
DOD -- Department of Defense
DODAAC -- DOD Activity Address Code
DODIIS -- DOD Intelligence Information System
DOE -- Department of Energy
DON -- Department of the Navy
DOPPLER EFFECT
DOPPLER RADAR
DOT -- Department of Transportation
DOT&E -- Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOD)
DOWNGRADE
DP -- Dual-Purpose (gun for air & surface targets)
DPA -- Defense Production Act
DPACT -- Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade
DPC -- Defense Panning Committee
DPM -- Digital Plotter Map
DRA -- Defence Research Agency
DRB -- Defense Resources Board
DRS -- Detection and Ranging Set
DRTS -- Detecting, Ranging and Tracking System
DSAA -- Defense Security Assistance Agency
DSARC -- Defense Systems Acquisitions Review Council
DSB -- Defense Science Board
DSCS -- Defense Satellite Communications System
DSP -- Defense Support Program
DSPO -- Defense Support Program Office
DSRV -- Deep Submergence Resecure Vessel
DT -- Developmental Test
DTCN -- Direction Technique des Constructions Navales (French design
DTMB -- David Taylor Model Basin, now NSRDC
DTSA -- Defense Technology Security Administration
DUAL PHENOMENOLOGY
DWT -- Deadweight Tonnage
DY -- Dockyard (not US)
DZ -- Drop Zone (airborne)


E

E -- and E Escape and Evasion/Evasion and Escape
EAM -- Emergency Action Message
EATS -- Extended Area Test System
EB -- Electric Boat
EC -- Electronic Combat
EC -- European Community
ECCM -- Electronic Counter-Countermeasures
(ECCM) -- ELECTRONIC COUNTER-COUNTERMEASURES
ECM -- Electronic Countermeasures
(ECM) -- ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES
ECMO -- Electronic countermeasures officer
ED -- Electronic Deception
EDM -- Engineering Development Model
EEC -- European Economic Community
EEI -- Essential Elements of (Intelligence) Information
(EEI) -- ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF INFORMATION
EEZ -- Exclusive Economic Zone
EFA -- European Fighter Aircraft
EFIS -- Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (Mi-38)
EHF -- Extremely High Frequency
EIA -- Electronic Industries Association
EJ -- Electronic Jamming
ELECTRO-OPINT -- ELECTRO-OPTICAL INTELLIGENCE
Electron -- Equip Electronic Equipment
ELECTRONIC DECEPTION
ELECTRONIC DESIGNATIONS
ELF -- Extremely Low Frequency
ELINT -- Electronic Intelligence
(ELINT) -- ELECTRONIC INTELLIGENCE
ELS -- Emission Locator System
EM -- Electromagnetic
EMD -- Engineering and Manufacturing Development
EMISSION SECURITY
EMP -- Electromagnetic Pulse
Eng -- Engine
Eng. -- Engineering
ENSCE -- Enemy Situation Correlation Element (USAF)
EO -- Electro-Optical
EOB -- Electronic Order of Battle
(EOB) -- ELECTRONIC ORDER OF BATTLE
EOCM -- Electro-Optical Countermeasures
EOD -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EORSAT -- ELINT Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite
EOSDIS -- Earth Observing System Data and Information System
EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency
EPDS -- Electronic Processing and Dissemination System
(EPL) -- ELINT PARAMETER LIMITS
EPLRS -- Enhanced Position Location Reporting System
EPQ -- Engineering Qualification Trials
ER -- Extended Range
ERAPS -- Expendable Reliable Acoustic Path Sonobuoy
ERCS -- Emergency Rocket Communications System
ERINT -- Extended Range Interceptor (Loral Vought)
ESA -- European Space Agency
ESF -- Economic Support Fund
ESM -- Electronic Support Measures
(ESM) -- ELECTRONIC WARFARE SUPPORT MEASURES
ESSS -- External Store Support System
ET -- Emerging Technology
ETA -- Estimated Time of Arrival
ETAS -- Elevated Target Acquisition System
ETRAC -- Enhanced Tactical Radar Correlator
ETS -- European Troop Strength
EVALUATION
EW -- Electronic Warfare
(EW) -- ELECTRONIC WARFARE
EWO -- Electronic Warefare Officer
EWS -- Electronic Warfare Supervisor (USN)
EWWS -- Electronic Warefare Warning Officer
EXCAP -- Expanded Capability
EXJAM -- Expendable Communications Jammer
EXPLOITATION


F

FA -- Field Artillery
FA -- Frontal Aviation (Soviet)
FAA -- Federal Aviation Adminstration
FAA -- Fleet Air Arm (British)
FAAD C2I -- Forward Area Air Defense Command, Control & Intelligence
FAAD -- FORWARD-AREA AIR DEFENSE
FAADS C2I -- FORWARD AREA AIR DEFENSE COMMAND, CONTROL AND INTELLIGENCE
FAAR -- Forward Area Alerting Radar system
FAASV -- Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle
FAC -- Fast Attack Craft
FAC -- Forward Air Controll
FAC -- Forward Air Controller
FACS -- Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility
FAD -- Forward Area Defense
FAE -- Fuel-Air Explosive
FAIR -- Fleet Air (USN)
FAR -- Federal Acquisition Service
FAR -- Federal Aviation Regulations
FARP -- Forward Arming & Refueling Point
FARV -- - Future Armored Resupply Vehicle
FAS -- Federation of American Scientists
FASA -- - Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act
FBM -- Fleet Ballistic Missile (now SLBM)
FBW -- Fly-By-Wire
FC -- Fire Control
FCC -- Fleet Command Center (USN)
FCRC -- Federal Contract Research center
FCS -- Fire Control System
FDC -- Fire Direction Center (ashore)
FDS -- Fixed Distributed System
FEBA -- Forward Edge of Battle Area
FEMA -- Federal Emergency Management Agency
FF -- Frigate
FFAR -- Folding-Fin Aircraft Rocket
FFG -- Frigate, Guided Missile
FIELD ARTILLERY
FIELD EXERCISE
FIELD OF FIRE
FIGHTER COVER
FIMA -- Future International Military Airlifter
FINAL APPROACH
FINISHED INTELLIGENCE
FIRE CONTROL
FIRE CONTROL RADAR
FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM
FIRE FOR EFFECT
FISINT -- Foreign Instrumentation and Signals Intelligence
(FISINT) -- FOREIGN INSTRUMENTATION SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE
FIXED AMMUNITION
FIXED PRICE INCENTIVE CONTRACT
FIXED PRICE TYPE CONTRACT
fl -- full load
FLA -- Future Large Aircraft
FLAG OFFICER
FLAGE -- Flexible Lightweight Agile Guided Experiment
FLASH MESSAGE
Fld -- Field (USA)
FLEET
FLEXIBLE RESPONSE
FLIR -- Forward Looking Infarared Radar
FLIR -- Forward-Looking Infrared
flo/flo -- flow-on/flow-off
FLOT -- Forward Line of Own Troops
FLTSATCOM -- Fleet Satellite Communication
FMC -- Fully Mission Capable
FMF -- Fleet Marine Force (USMC)
FMOP -- Frequency Modulation on Pulse
FMS -- FOREIGN MILITARY SALES
FMS -- Foreign Military Sales/Field Maintenance Sq (USAF)
FMSCR -- Foreign Military Sales Credit
FMSS -- Foreign Military Sales Financing
FMTV -- Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
FN -- French Navy
FO -- Forward Observer
FOC -- Full Operational Capability
FOFA -- Follow-On Forces Attack (USAF)
FOG-m -- Fiber-Optics guidance Missile
FOL -- Forward Opereating Location
FON -- Freedom Of Navigation
For -- force (suffix)
FORTE -- Fast On-orbit Recording of Transit Events
FPC -- Fast Patrol Craft
frag -- fragmentation
FRAM -- Fleet Rehabilitation And Modernization
FRD -- Formerly Restricted Data (security classification)
Freq. -- Frequency
FRG -- Federal Republic of Germany
FROG -- Free Rocket Over Gound (Soviet)
FRONT
FS -- Fire Support (USA)
FSAT -- Full-Scale Aerial Target
FSD -- Full Scale Development
FSED -- Full Scale Engineering Development
FSK -- Frequency Shift Keying
FSS -- Fast Sealift Ships (USN)
FSW -- Forward-Swept Wing
Ftr -- Fighter
FTS -- Full-Time Support
FUSION
Fwd -- Forward
FY -- FISCAL YEAR
FY -- Fiscal Year
FYDP -- Five-Year Defense Plan


G

G.M. -- General Motors Corp
G1 -- General Staff officer for personnel
G2 -- General Staff officer for intelligence
G3 -- General Staff officer for operations
G4 -- General Staff officer for supply/logistics
GAO -- General Accounting Office
GARBLE
GATERS -- Ground-Air Telerobotic Systems (USMC)
GBCS -- Ground Based Common Sensor
GCA -- Ground Controlled Approach
GCI -- Ground Controlled Intercept
GD -- General Dynamics Corporation
GDIP -- General Defense Intelligence Plan
GDODSS -- Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System
GE -- General Electric Company
GENERAL ORDERS
GENERAL WAR
GENSER -- General Service (communications system)
GEOSAT -- Geodesy Satellite
GFCS -- Gun Fire Control System
GFE -- Government Furnished Equipment
GI -- Government Issue (slang for US soldier)
GIN -- Greenland-Iceland-Norway (gap)
GIUK -- Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdown (gap)
GKO -- State Committee of Defense (Soviet)
GLBM -- Ground-Launched Ballistic Missile
GLCM -- Ground-Launched Cruise Missile
GLONASS -- Global Navigation Satellite System (Soviet)
GM -- Guided Missile (British)
GOC -- General Officer Commanding (British)
GP -- Gereral Purpose
GP -- Guided Projectile
GPS -- Global Positioning System (satellite)
GQ -- General Quarters
GRAY HULL
GRP -- Glass Reinforced Plastic
GRT -- Gross Registered Tons
GRU -- Directorate of Military Intelligence (Soviet)
Gru -- Group
GS -- General Schedule (civil service)
GS -- General Staff
GSA -- General Services Administration
GSFG -- Group of Soviet Forces, Germany
GSM -- Ground Station Module
GSR -- Ground Surveillance Radar
GTVD -- GLAVNIY TEATR VOYENNYKH DEYSTVIY
GUARDS -- GUARDS UNITS
GUPPY -- Greater Underwater Propulsive Power
GWEN -- Ground Wave Emergency Network
GWS -- Guided Weapon System


H

HAC -- House Appropriations Committee
HALO -- High-Altitude, Low-Opening (parachute drop)
HARM -- High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
HASC -- House Armed Services Committee
HAVR -- High-velocity Aircraft Rocket
HC -- High Capacity (bombardment ammunition)
HDC -- Helicopter Direction Center (USN)
HDD -- Head-Down Display
HE -- High Explosive
HEAT -- High Explosive Anti-Tank
Hel -- Helicopter
HEL -- High Energy Laser
HEMTT -- Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck
HF -- High Frequency
HF/DF -- High Frequency/Direction Finding
HFAJ -- High Frequency Anti-Jam (radio)
HIGE -- Hovering ceiling In Ground Effect
HIP -- Howitzer Improvement Program
HIRSS -- Hover Infrared Suppressor System
HLG -- High-Level Group
HLLV -- HEAVY-LIFT LAUNCH VEHICLE
HLTF -- High-Level Task Force
HM&E -- Hull, Machinery, and Electrical (USN)
HM&E -- Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical
HMAS -- Her (His) Majesty's Australian Ship
HMCS -- Her (His) Majesty's Canadian Ship
HMD -- Head mounted Displays
HMDY -- His/Her Majesty's Dockyard
HMG -- Heavy Machine Gun
HMMWV -- High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
HMS -- Her (His) Majesty's Ship
HNS -- Host Nation's Support
HOGE -- Hovering ceiling Out of Ground Effect
HOJ -- Home On Jam (missile)
HOLAS -- Hands On Lever And Stick
HOTAS -- Hands On Throttle And Stick
How -- Howitzer
hp -- Horsepower
Hq -- Headquarters
HqMC -- Headquarters Marine Corps (USMC)
HSA -- Hollandse Signal Apparaaten
HSU -- Hero of the Soviet Union (award)
HTK -- Hard-Target Kill
HTKP -- Hard-Target Kill Potential
HTP -- High-Test Peroxide
HTTB -- High-Technology Test Bed
HTV -- Hull Test Vehicle
HUD -- Head-Up Display
HUD -- Heads-Up Display
HUDWAC -- Head-up Display/Weapon-aiming Computer
HUMINT -- Human (source) Intelligence
HVT -- High Value Target
HVU -- High Value Unit
HWT -- Heavy-Weight Torpedo
HY -- High Yield


I

I&I -- Instructor-Inspector (USMC)
I&W -- Indications and Warning
I-S/A AMPE -- INTER-SERVICE/AGENCY AUTOMATED MESSAGE PROCESSING
I-S/A AMPE -- Inter-Service/Agency Automated Message Processing Exchange
IAADS -- Interim Automated Air Defense System
IACS -- Intergrated Acoustic Communication System
IAF -- Israeli Air Force
IAI -- Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd
IAMP -- Imagery Acquisition and Management Plan
IAP -- International Airport
IBP -- Industrial Base Program
IBPDMS -- Improved Point Defense Missile System
IC -- Intelligence Community
IC -- Interior Communications
(IC) -- INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
ICAM -- Improved Chemical Agent Monitor
ICAP -- Improved Capability
ICBM -- Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
ICS -- Intelligence Community Staff
ICS -- Internal Countermeasure Set
ICV -- Infantry Combat Vehicle
IDA -- Institute for Defense Analysis
IDAP -- Intergrated Defensive Avionics Program
IDF -- Israeli Defense Forces
IEPG -- Independent Eropean Programme Group
IEW -- Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (USA)
IFCS -- Improved Fire Control System
IFF -- Identification Friend or Foe
IFTE -- Integrated Family of Test Equipment
IFV -- Infantry Fighting Vehicle
IG -- Inspector General
IGE -- In-ground Effect
ihp -- Indicated Horsepower
IIR -- Imaging Infrared
IISS -- International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK)
Il -- Ilyushin (Soviet aircraft designaton)
IL -- International List
ILS -- Instrument Landing System
IMA -- Individual Mobilization Augmentees
IMC -- Internal Management Control
IMET -- International Military Education and Training
IMINT -- Imagery Intelligence
IMIP -- Industrial Modernization Incentives Program
IMIS -- Integrated Maintenance Information System
IMP -- Internal Management Control
INAS -- Integrated Nav/Attack System
INC -- Insertable Nuclear Component
INCA -- Intelligence Communications Architecture
INEWS -- Integrated Electonic Warfare System
Inf -- Infantry
INF -- Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces
ING -- Inactive National Guard
INS -- Inertial Navigation System
INSCOM -- Intelligence and Security Command (USA)
INSMARSAT -- International Maritime Satellite (Organization)
Int -- Internal
intel -- intelligence
INTELLIGENCE
INTELLIGENCE CYCLE
INTELLIGENCE PRODUCER
INTELLIGENCE REQUIREMENT
IOC -- Initial Operational Capability
IOT&E -- Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
IR -- Infrared
IR -- Intelligence Request
IR&D -- Independent Research and Development
IRADS -- Infrared Acquisition and Detection System
IRBM -- Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (now INF or LRINF)
IRCM -- Infrared Countermeasures
IRDS -- Infrared (or integrated) Detection System
IRR -- Individual Ready Reserve
IRS -- Inertial Reference System
IRST -- Infrared Search and Track (system)
ISA -- International Standard Atmosphere
ISAR -- Inverse Synthetic Array Radar
ISM -- Industrial Security Manual
IUKADGE -- Improved UK Air Defence Ground Environment
IUSS -- Integrated Undersea Surveillance System


J

JAG -- Judge Advocate General
JAR -- Joint Airworthiness Requirements
JAST -- Joint Advanced Strike Technology
JATO -- Jet Assisted Take-Off
JCS -- Johnson Space Center, Houston
JCS -- Joint Chiefs of Staff
JCSE -- Joint Communications Support Element
JDAM -- Joint Direct Attack Munition
JDS -- Joint Deployment System
JETS -- Joint Emitter Targeting System
JFDP -- Joint Force Development Process
JINTACCS -- Joint Interoperability of Tactical Command and Control Syste
JOOD -- Junior Officer Of the Deck (USN)
JPATS -- Joint Primary Aircraft Training System
JPL -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Univ of California)
JRMB -- Joint Requirements and Management Board
JROC -- Joint Requirements Oversight Council
JRSC -- Jam-Resistant Secure Communications
JSOC -- Joint Special Operations Center
JSOC -- Joint Strategic Operations Center
JSOC -- Joint Strategic Operations Command
JSOR -- Joint Statements of Requirements
JSOW -- Joint Standoff Weapon
JSS -- Joint Surveillance System
JSTARS -- Joint Surveillance/Target Attack Radar System
JT&E -- Joint Test and Evaluation
JTC3A -- Joint Tactical C3 Agency
JTDE -- Joint Technology Demonstrator Engine
JTF -- Joint Task Force
JTFP -- Joint Tactical Fusion Program
JTIDS -- Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
JTTP -- Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
JTUAV-M -- Joint Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Maneuver


K

Ka -- Kamov (Soviet aircraft designation)
KEP -- Kinetic Energy Projectile
KEW -- Kinetic Energy Weapons
kg -- Kilogram
KGB -- Committee of (for) State Security (Soviet)
KH-11 -- KEYHOLE-11
KH-12 -- ADVANCED KH-11
KIA -- Killed In Action
KILTING
KMO -- KOLLEGIYA MINISTERSTVA OBORONY
kN -- Kilonewton
Kon. Mij -- Kon.Mij Royal Company
KT -- Kiloton (equivalent of 1,000 tons)
kts -- Knots
kVA -- Kilovolt-ampere
kW -- Kilowatt
KY -- Kapustin Yar
KY -- Keyhole (US satellite)


L

L -- Launched
LACROSSE
LAD -- Low Altitude Dispenser
Ladar -- Laser radar
LAI -- Light Armored Infantry (battalion) (USMC)
LAM -- Land-Attack Missile
LAMPS -- Light Airborne Multipurpose System
LAN -- Local Area Network
LANA -- Low Altitude Night Attack
LANL -- Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico)
Lant -- Atlantic
LANTIRN -- Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night
LAPADS -- Lightweight Acoustic Processing and Display System
LAPES -- Low-Altitude Parachute Extraction System
LARRS -- Low-Altitude Retrorocket System
Laser -- Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation
LASH -- Lighter Aboard Ship
LASR -- Low Altitude Surveillance Radar
LAT -- Low-Altitude Tactics
LAV -- Light Armored Vehicle
LAV-AD -- Light Armored Vehicle--Air Defense (USMC)
LAV-AG -- Light Armored Vehicle--Assault Gun (USMC)
LAVB -- Light Armored Vehicle Battalion (USMC)
LBT -- Land Based Tanker (aircraft)
LCAC -- Landing Craft Air Cushion
LD -- Low Drag (bomb)
LDC -- Less-Developed Country
LDO -- Limited Duty Officer
LEAP -- Lightwieght Exo-atmospheric Projectile
LEASAT -- Leased Satellite Communications System
LEO -- Low Earth Orbit
LERX -- Leading Edge Root Extension
LF -- Low Frequency
LGB -- Laser-Guided Bomb
LHX -- Light Helicopter experimental (USA)
LIBERTY
LIC -- Low-Intensity Conflict
LID -- Light Infantry Division (USA)
LIDS -- Lift Improvment Devices
LIFEX -- Life Extension
LIFT -- Lead-in Fighter Training
LLLTV -- Low-Light-Level Television
LLTV -- Low-light Television
LMI -- Logistics Management Institute (DOD)
LNG -- Liquified Natural Gas
lo-lo-lo -- ingress, attack, and egress at low altitude
loa -- Length Overall
LOAL -- Lock-On After Launch (missile)
LOBL -- Lock-On Before Launch (missile)
LOC(s) -- Line(s) Of Communication
LOGCAP -- Logistics Civil Augmentation Program
LORAN -- Long-range Navigation
LOROP -- Long-range Oblique Photography
LOS -- Law Of the Sea
LOS -- Line of Sight
LOS-F-H -- LINE-OF-SIGHT FORWARD-HEAVY
LOS-R -- LINE-OF-SIGHT REAR
LOTS -- Logistics Over The Shore
LPAR -- Large Phased-Array Radar
LPI -- Low Probability of Intercept
LRA -- Long-Range Aviation (Soviet, no longer used)
LRAACA -- Long-Range Air ASW Capable Aircraft
LRCCM -- Long-Range Conventional Cruise Missile (USAF)
LRINF -- Longer-Range Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces
LRIP -- Low Rate Initial Production
LRMTS -- Laser-ranger and Marked-target Seeker
LRU -- Line-replaceable Unit
LSO -- Landing Signal Officer (USN)
LST/SCAM -- Laser Spot Tracker/Strike Camera
LSV -- Large Scale Vehicle (SSN-21 scale model)
LTA -- Lighter-Than-Air (airships, blimps)
LTBT -- Limited Test Ban Treaty (US-USSR 1973)
LTD/R -- Laser Target Designtor/Ranger
LTV -- Ling-Temco-Vought
LVS -- Logistics Vehicle System (USMC)
LVT -- Amphibian Tractor (now AAV series)
LWT -- Lightweight Torpedo
LZ -- Landing Zone (helicopter)


M

M -- Machinery
M-day -- Mobilization-day
MAB -- Marine Amphibious Brigade, changed to MEB in 1988
MAC -- Military Airlift Command (now AMC)
MACCS -- Marine Corps Air Command and Control System
MACH NUMBER
MAD -- Magnetic Anomaly Detection
MAD -- Mutual Assured Destruction
MADAR -- Maintenance Analysis, Detection, and Recording
MAF -- Marine Amphibious Force, changed to MEF in 1988
MAFET -- Microwave Analog Front End Technology
MAGNETIC MINE
MAGTF -- Marine Air-Ground Task Force
MAJCOM -- Major Air Command (USAF)
MAJCOM -- Major Command
MANPRINT -- Manpower and Personnel Integration Program (USA)
MAP -- Military Assistance Program
Mar -- Marine
MARAD -- Maritime Administration (US)
MARDEZ -- Maritime Defense Zone (USN-USCG)
MARS -- Military Affiliate Radio System
MARSAT -- Maritime Satellite
MaRV -- Maneuvering Reentry Vehicle
MARV -- Mobile Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle
MASINT -- Measurement And Signature Intelligence
MASS
MATERIAL
MATERIEL
MATS -- Military Air Transport Service (USAF) (now AMC)
MAU -- Marine Amphibious Unit, changed to MEU in 1988
MAW -- Marine Aircraft Wing
MAX TAKE-OFF WGT -- MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT
MBFR -- Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions
MBT -- Main Battle Tank
MC -- Marine Corps (US, usually USMC)
MC -- Medical Corps (USN)
MC -- Military Committee
MC -- Mission Capable
MCAS -- Marine Corps Air Station
MCC -- Military Coordinating Committee
MCCDC -- Marine Corps Combat Development Command
MCE -- Modular Control Equipment
MCEB -- MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS BOARD
MCM -- Mine Countermeasures
MCS -- Maneuver Control System
MCTL -- Military Critical Technology List
MDAP -- Mutual Defense Assistance Program
MDZ -- Maritime Defense Zone
MEACONING
MEADS -- Medium Extended Air Defense System
MEB -- Marine Expeditionary Brigade (USMC), formerly MAB
Mech -- Mechanized
Med -- medical
Med -- Mediterranean
MED-ALTITUDE BOMB -- MEDIUM-ALTITUDE BOMBING
MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE
MEECN -- Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network
MEF -- Marine Expeditionary Force (USMC), formerly MAF
MERCHANT SHIP
MEU -- Marine Expeditionary Unit (USMC), formerly MAU
MF -- Medium Frequency
MFCS -- Microprocessor Flight Control System
MFD -- Multifunction Display
MFO -- Multinational Forces and Observers
MG -- Machine Gun
MG -- Military Government
MGB -- Motor Gunboat (not USN ship designation)
MGTOW -- Maximum Gross Take-off Weight
MHD -- Magnetohydrodynamic
Mi -- Mil' (Soviet aircraft designation)
MI -- Military Intelligence
MICOM -- Missile Command (USA)
MIDEASTFOR -- US Middle East Force
MiG --
MiG -- Mikoyan-Gurevich (Soviet aircraft designation),
MIL CAPABILITY -- MILITARY CAPABILITY
MIL DEPARTMENT -- (US) MILITARY DEPARTMENT
MIL INTELLIGENCE -- MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
MIL OCCUPATION -- MILITARY OCCUPATION
MIL POSTURE -- MILITARY POSTURE
MIL-STD -- Military Standard
MILCON -- Military Construction (funding)
MILES -- Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System
MILITARY CONVOY
MILSPEC -- Military Specification
Milstar -- Military Strategic and Tactical Relay System
MIMIC -- Micro-Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits
MINE
MINE WARFARE
MINEFIELD
MINEHUNTING
MINESWEEPING
MINIMIZE
MIP -- Management Improvement Plan
MIP -- Model Installation Program
MIRACL -- Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (USN)
MirSIP -- Mirage Safety Improvement Program
MIRV -- Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle
MISSILE DESIGNATIONS
MISSION
MIUW -- Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare (USN)
Mk -- Mark
MLRS -- Multiple Launch Rocket System
MLU -- Mid-life Update
mm -- millimeter
MM -- Minuteman (Missile)
MMP -- Master Mobilization Plan
MMS -- Mast-mounted Sight
MMS -- Multi-Mode Seeker (Raytheon)
MMWG -- Military Mobilization Working Group
MNC -- Major NATO Commander
MNV -- Mine Neutralization Vehicle
MO -- Medical Officer (British)
MOA -- Memorandum Of Agreement
MOB -- Main Operating Base
MOBILE MINE
MOBILIZATION
MOD -- Ministry of Defence (British, West German, USSR)
Mod -- Modification
MOMAG -- Mobile Mine Assembly Group (USN)
MOORED MINE
MOP -- Magnetic Orange Pipe (minesweeping device)
MORTAR
MOS -- Military Occupational Specialty
MOSS -- Mobile Submarine Simulator
MOU -- Memorandum Of Understanding
MOUT -- Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (USA)
MP -- Material Professional (USN)
MP -- Military Police
MPA -- Main Political Administration of the Army and Navy (Soviet)
MPA -- Main Propulsion Assistant
MPA -- Maritime Patrol Aircraft
MPAS -- Multipurpose Armament System
MPF -- Multipurpose Facility
MPK -- MALYY PROTIVOLODOCHNYY KORABL'
MPS -- Maritime Pre-positioning Ship (or Squadron)
MPS -- MARITIME PRE-POSITIONING SHIPS
MRBM -- Medium Range Ballistic Missile
MRD -- Motorized Rifle Division (Soviet)
MRL -- Multiple Rocket Launcher
MRT -- Miniature Receive Terminal
MRV -- Multiple Reentry Vehicle
MSC -- Military Sealift Command (USN)
MSE -- Mobile Subscriber Equipment (USA)
MSG -- Marine Security Guard (USMC)
MSIP -- Multistage Improvement Program
MSO -- Military Service Obligation
MSOW -- Modular Standoff Weapon
MSS -- Moored Surveillance System
MSTS -- Military Sea Transportation Service (now MSC)
MT -- Megaton (1,000 KT equivalent)
MTB -- Motor Torpedo Boat
MTBF -- Mean Time Between Failure
MTCR -- Missile Technology Control Regime
MTI -- Moving Target Indicator
MTM/D -- Million-Ton-Miles per day
MTTR -- Mean Time To Repair
MTU -- Motoren and Turbinen Union
MVD -- Ministry of Internal Affairs (Soviet)
MYP -- Multiyear Procurement


N

N.B. -- New Brunswick
n.m. -- Nautical Miles
NAAWS -- NATO Anti-Air Warfare System
NAAWS -- NATO Anti-Air Warfare System
NAB -- Naval Amphibious Base
NACES -- Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat
NADC -- Naval Air Development Center
NADEP -- Navel Air Depot
NAF -- Naval Air Facility
NAF -- Nonappropriated Fund
NARF -- Naval Air Rework Facility (USN)
NAS -- Naval Air Station
NAS -- Naval Audit Service (USN)
NASA -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASAMS -- NORWEGIAN ADVANCED SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE SYSTEM
NASP -- National Aerospace Plane (X-30)
NASSCO -- National Steel and Shipbuilding Co
NAT DEF BUDGET (050) -- NATIONAL DEFENSE BUDGET
NAT MIL AUTHORITY -- NATIONAL MILITARY AUTHORITY
NATC -- Naval Air Test Center (Patuxent River, Md)
NATIONAL SECURITY
NATL DEFENSE AREA -- NATIONAL DEFENSE AREA
NATL EMERGENCY -- NATIONAL EMERGENCY
NATO AIRSPACE
NATO ASSGN FORCES -- NATO ASSIGNED FORCES
NATO COMMANDER
NATO MIL AUTHORIT -- NATO MILITARY AUTHORITY
NATO -- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAV AUGMENTION GPOUP -- NAVAL AUGMENTION GROUP
Nav -- Navigation
NAV/COMM -- Navigation/Communications
NAVAIR -- Naval Air Systems Command
NAVAL CAMPAIGN
NAVFAC -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NAVFAC -- Naval Facility
NAVMASS -- Navigation and Weapon Aiming Subsystem
NavSat -- Navigation Satellite
NAVSEA -- Naval Sea Systems Command
NAVSPECWAR -- Naval Special Warfare
NAVSTAR GPS -- NAVSTAR GLOBAL POSITION SYSTEM
Navstar -- Navigation Satellite Timing and Ranging, satellite
NAVSUP -- Naval Supply Systems Command
NAWS -- Naval Air Weapons Station
NBC -- Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical
NBCRS -- NBC Reconnaise System (Fox)
NC -- Nurse Corps (USN)
NCA -- National Command Authority
(NCA) NAT COMMAND AU -- NATIONAL COMMAND AUTHORITY
NCMC -- NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex
NCO -- Non-Commissioned Officer
NCS -- National Communication System
ND/SB -- Nuclear Depth/Strike Bomb
NDAA -- NonDevelopmental airlift Aircraft (program)
NDB -- Nuclear Depth Bomb
NDDS -- Nuclear Detonation Detection System
NDI -- NATO Defense Initiative
NDRF -- National Defense Reserve Fleet
NDU -- National Defense University
NDY -- Naval Dockyard
NEACP -- National Emergency Airborne Command Post
NEAR REAL TIME
NEARTIP -- Near-Term Improvement Program (Mk 46 torpedo)
NEED TO KNOW
NEO -- Non-combat Evacuation Operation
NFIP -- National Foreign Intelligence Program
NFO -- Naval Flight Officer
NFR -- NATO Frigate
NG -- National Guard (generally use ANG or ARNG)
NGF -- Naval Gunfire
NGFSC -- Naval Gunfire Support System
NH -- NATO Helicopter
NIC -- Naval Intelligence Command
NIE -- National Intelligence Estimate
NIS -- NATO identification system
NIS -- Naval Investigative Service
NISC -- Naval Intelligence Support Center (now NTIC)
NLOS -- Non-Line-Of-Sight
NMC -- Naval Material Command (abolished)
NMCC -- National Military Command Center
NMCS -- National Military Command System
NMIC -- National Military Intelligence Center
NMS -- New Manning System
NMW -- Naval Mine Warfare
NNBIS -- National Narcotics Boarder Interdiction System
NNMC -- National Naval Medical Center (USN) (Bethesda, Md)
NOAA -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOB -- Naval Operating Base
NOB -- Naval Order of Battle
NOCONTRACT -- No Dissemination to Contractors/Consultants
NODIS -- No Distribution (security restriction)
NOE -- Nap-of-the-earth
NOFORN -- No Foreign Dissemination (security restriction)
NOIC -- NavyOperational Intelligence Center
NOIWON -- National Operations/Intel Watch Officer Net
NOLO -- No Live Operator
NORAD -- North American Aerospace Defense Command
NORCANUKUS -- Norway, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
NORTHAG -- Northern Army Group (NATO)
NOSIC -- Naval Ocean Surveillance Information System (USN)
NOTAM -- Notice to Airmen
NPG -- Nuclear Planning Group (NATO)
NPGS -- Naval Postgraduate School
NPS -- Nonprior Service
NRAC -- Naval Research Advisory Committee
NRF -- Naval Reserve Force
NRL -- Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC)
NRO -- National Reconnaise Office
NROSS -- Navy Remote Ocean Sensing System (satellite)
NROTC -- Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
NRT -- Naval Reserve Training (now NRF)
NRT -- Net Registered Tons
NSA -- National Security Agency
NSA -- National Security Agency
NSC -- National Security Council
NSDD -- National Security Decision Directive
NSF -- National Science Foundation
NSNF -- Non-Strategic Nuclear Forces
NSOC -- National SIGINT Operations Center
NSRA -- National Security Revitalization Act
NSRDC -- Naval Ship Research and Development Center (David W. Taylor)
NSSDC -- National Space Science Data Center (NASA)
NSSM -- NATO Sea Sparrow Missile
NST -- Nuclear and Space Talks
NSW -- Naval Special Warfare (USN qualification)
NSWP -- Non-Soviet Warsaw Pact
NSY -- Naval Shipyard (also NSYd)
NTC -- National Training Center
NTDS -- Naval Tactical Data System
NTIC -- Naval Technical Intelligence Center (was NISC)
NTM -- National Technical Means (arms verification)
NTPF -- Near-Term Pre-positioning Force
NTPI -- Nuclear Training Proficiency Inspection (USN)
NTU -- New Threat Upgrade (USN)
NUCLEAR YIELDS
NUD -- Nonupdated
NUDET -- Nuclear Detonation
nuke --
nuke --
NUSN -- Non-US NATO
NVGS -- Night Vision Goggle Sensor
NVR -- Naval Vessel Register
NWC -- Naval War College
NWC -- Naval Weapons Center
NWS -- National Warning System
NWS -- North Warning System
NWTDB -- Naval Warfare Tactical Database
NY -- Navy Yard


O

O&M -- Operation and Maintenance
o.a. -- Overall
OAB -- Outer Air Battle (USN)
OB OOB -- ORDER OF BATTLE
OB -- Order of Battle (i.e., AOB=Air OB)
OBE -- Overtaken By Events (US slang)
OBLIGATIONS
OBOGS -- Onboard Oxgen Generation System
OCIP -- Offensive Capability Improvement Program
OCONUS -- Outside the Contental United States
OCONUS -- OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
OCS -- Officer Candidate School
OCU -- Operational Capability Update
OEG -- Operational Evaluation Group (Navy)
OGE -- Out of Ground Effect (hover condition)
OGS -- Overseas Ground Station
OIC -- Officer In Charge
OJCS -- Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
OJT -- On-the-Job Training
OLA -- Office of Legislative Affairs (USN)
OMB -- Office of Management and Budget
OMG -- Operational Maneuver Group (Soviet)
OOA -- Out Of Area (ship operations) (USN)
OOB -- Order of Battle (OB is preferable)
OOD -- Officer Of the Deck (USN)
OP -- Observation Post
OP -- Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
OPCEN -- Operations Center
OPCON -- Operational Control
OPDS -- Offshore POL Discharge System
OPEC -- Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
OPELINT -- OPERATIONAL ELINT
OPEN SOURCE INFORMATION
OPERATING FORCES
OPERATION ORDER
OPERATION PLAN
OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
OPEVAL -- Operational Evaluation
OPLAN -- Operation Plan
OPNAV -- Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Opnl -- Operational
OPORD -- Operation Order
OPS EVALUATION -- OPERATIONAL EVALUATION
Ops -- Operations
OPS READINESS -- OPERATIONAL READINESS
OPS RESEARCH -- OPERATIONS RESEARCH
OPS SECURITY OPSEC -- OPERATIONS SECURITY
OPSEC -- Operations Security
OPTEMPO -- Operating Tempo (USN)
OPTEVFOR -- Operational Test and Evaluation Force
OPV -- Offshore Patrol Vessel
OrdAlt -- Ordnance Alteration (USN)
OSCE -- Organization on Security and Co-op in Europe
OSD -- Office of the Secretary of Defense
OSIS -- Ocean Surveillance Information System
OSP -- Offshore Procurement (USN)
OSS -- Ocean Surveillance Satellite
OT -- Operational Test
OT/FT -- Operational Test/Follow-on Test (missiles)
OTA -- Office of Technology Assessment (Congress)
OTH -- OVER THE HORIZON RADAR
OTH -- Over-The-Horizon
OTH-B -- Over-The-Horizon Backscatter (radar)
OTHT -- Over-the-horizon Targeting
OTVD -- OKEANSKIY TEATR VOENNYKH DEISTVII
OUTLAYS
OVER-THE-SHOULDER -- BOMBING
OVERT OPERATION
OWE -- Operating Weight Empty


P

P&W -- Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies)
P3I -- Preplanned Product improvement
PAA -- Primary Authorized Aircraft
PAC-3 -- Patriot Advanced Capabilities
PACAF -- Pacific Air Forces (USAF)
PALS -- Permissive Action Link System
Pam -- Pamphlet
PAO -- Public Affairs Office(r)
PAR -- Parameter Acquisition Radar
PAR -- Phased Array Radar
PAR -- Precision Approach Radar
PARCS -- Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System
PAVE, PAWS -- Prec Acq of Veh Entry, Phased Array Warning System
PAYLOAD
PC -- Patrol Combatant, or Patrol Craft
PCO -- Prospective Commanding Officer (USN)
PCS -- Permanent Change of Station
PDMS -- Point Defense Missile System
PDS -- Passive Detection System
PE NUMBERS (PEN) -- PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBERS
PECI -- Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment
PENAID -- Penetration Aid (for missiles)
PERIGEE
PERSTEMPO -- Personnel Tempo (USN)
PFR -- Pulse Repetition Frequency
PGM -- Precision Guided Munitions
Phib -- amphibious
PIF -- Productivity Investment Funds
PIM -- Position of Intended Movement
PIM -- Pretrained Individual Manpower
PIVADS -- PRODUCT IMPROVED VULCAN AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM
PJH -- PLRS-JTIDS hybrid
PK -- probability of Kill
PKO -- Peacekeeping Operations
PKR -- PROTIVOLODOCHNYY KREYSER
PL -- PODVODNAYA LODKA
PLA -- Peoples Liberation Army (China)
PLARB -- PODVODNAYA LODKA ATOMNAYA RAKETNAYA BALLISTICHESKAYA
PLARK -- PODVODNAYA LODKA ATOMNAYA RAKETNAYA KRYLATAYA
Plat/Plt -- Platoon
PLO -- Palestine Liberation Organization
PLRB -- PODVODNAYA LODKA RAKETNAYA BALLISTICHESKYA
PLRK -- PODVODNAYA LODKA RAKETNAYA KRYLATAYA
PLRS -- Position Location Reporting System
PLS -- Palletized Load Systems
PLSS -- Precision Location Strike System
PM -- Provost Marshal
PMA -- Phased Maintenance Availability (USN)
PMC -- Procurement, Marine Corps (funding)
PME -- Professional Military Education
PMR -- Pacific Missile Range
PMR -- Primary Mission Readiness
PMS -- Pedestal Mounted Stinger
PNC -- Palestine National Council (PLO)
PNS -- Precision Navigation System
PNVS -- Pilot Night Vision Sensor
POC -- Point Of Contact
POL -- Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants
POM -- Program Objective Memorandum
POMCUS -- Prepositioning Of Material Configured to Unit Sets
POP -- Paperless Ordering Placement (system)
Poss w/drawn -- Possible Withdrawn
pp -- Between perpendiculars
PPBS -- Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System
PQS -- Personnel Qualification Standards
PRC -- Peoples Republic of China
PREPO -- Pre-positioning
PRESSURE MINE
Pri -- Primary
Prob w/drawn -- Probably Withdrawn
PRODUCT
psi -- pounds per square inch
PSYOP -- Psychological (warfare) Operations
PUP -- Performance Update Program (USAF)
PVO -- Air Defense Forces (Soviet)
PWR -- Pressurized Water Reactor (plant)
PWRMS -- Pre-positioned War Reserve Material Stocks
PXO -- Prospective Executive Officer (USN)


Q

QA -- Quality Assurance
QUICK FIX


R

R&D -- Research and Development
R&R -- Rest and Recreation
RA -- Regular Army (slang)
RAAF -- Royal Australian Air Force
Radar -- Radio Detection And Ranging
RADINT -- RADAR INTELLIGENCE
RADINT -- Radar Intelligence
RAF -- Royal Air Force (British)
RAG -- Replacement Air Group (later Readiness Air Ground)
RAM -- Radar Absorbent Material
RAM -- Rolling Airframe Missile
RAMICS -- Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (Hughes Acft)
RAN -- Royal Australian Navy
RAP -- Rocket Assisted Projectile
RAST -- RECOVERY ASSIST SECURING AND TRAVERSING EQUIPMENT
RAT -- Rocket Assisted Torpedo (discarded)
RATO -- Rocket Assisted Take-Off
RATT -- Radio Teletypewriter
RAV -- Restricted Availability (USN)
RBOC -- Rapid Blooming Overboard Chaff
RC -- Reserve Component
RCS -- Radar Cross Section
RCVW -- Reserve Carrier Air Wing
RD -- Restricted Data (security handling descriptor)
RDA -- Research, Development, and Acquisition (USA)
RDF -- Rapid Deployment Force
RDSS -- Rapidly Deployable Surveillance System
RDT&E -- Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation
RDY -- Royal Dockyard
Re/Re -- Reinforcement/Resupply (to Europe)
REC -- Radio-Electronic Combat (Soviet)
REC -- Regional Evaluation Center (USN/SOSUS)
Recce -- Reconnaissance
Recon -- Reconnaissance
REFORGER -- Return of Forces to Germany (strategic exercise)
reg -- regulation
Regt -- Regiment
REMBASS -- Remotely Monitored Battlefield Sensor System
REMS -- Remotely Employed Sensors
Res -- Reserve
RETORC -- Research Torpedo Configuration (Mk 48)
RF -- Radio Frequency
RFI -- Radio Frequency Interference
rfl -- rifle
RFP -- Request For Proposal
RFQ -- Request For Quotation
RIF -- Reduction In Force
RIMS -- Revised Intertheater Mobility Study
RINT -- RADIATION INTELLIGENCE
RINT -- Radiation Intelligence
RIP -- Readiness Improvement Program (USN)
rkt -- rocket
RL -- Rocket Launcher
RM -- Royal Marines (British)
RN -- Royal Navy (British)
RO/FLO -- Roll-On/Float-Off
RO/RO -- Roll-on/Roll-off
ROB -- Radar Order of Battle
ROC -- Required Operational Capability
ROH -- Regular Overhaul (USN)
ROK -- Republic of Korea (South)
ROMS -- Remote Ocean surface Measurement Sensing system
RORSAT -- Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite
ROS -- Reduced Operating Status
ROTC -- Reserve Officer Training Corps
ROTHR -- Relocatable Over-The-Horizon (radar)
ROV -- Remote Operating Vehicle
rpm -- Revolutions per Minutes
RPV -- Remotely Piloted Vehicle
RRF -- Ready Reserve Force (USN)
RSI -- Rationalization, Standardization, and Interoperability
RSRA -- Rotor System Research Aircraft (NASA) (X-wing)
RSTA -- Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition
RU -- intelligence directorate (Soviet designation)
RV -- Reentry Vehicle
RWR -- Radar Warning Receiver
RZ -- Recovery Zone


S

S -- Speed
S&T -- Science & Technology
S1 -- Staff officer for personnel
S2 -- Staff officer for intelligence
S3 -- Staff officer for operations
S4 -- Staff officer for supply/logistics
SA -- Surface-to-Air missile
SA-N -- Surface-to-Air missile, naval
SA/BM -- Systems Analysis/Battle Management
SABMIS -- Sea-based Anti-Ballistic Missile Intercept System
SABOT
SAC -- Strategic Air Command (USAF)
SAC -- Supreme Allied Commander
SACEUR -- Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
SACLANT -- Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (NATO)
SACLOS -- Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight
SADARM -- Sense And Destroy Armor (smart munition)
SAE -- SHARED ANALYSIS EFFORT
SAF -- Secretary of the Air Force
SAF -- Soviet Air Forces
SAG -- Surface Action Group
SAGA -- Studies, Analysis, and Gaming Agency
SAL -- Semi-Active Laser
SALT -- Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
SAM -- Surface-to-Air Missile
SANITIZE
SAO -- Special Activities Office
SAP -- Semi-Armor Piercing
SAPHEI -- SEMI-ARMOR-PIERCING HIGH-EXPLOSIVE INCENDIARY
SAR -- Search And Rescue
SAR -- Synthetic Aperture Radar
SAS -- Special Air Service (British Army)
SASC -- Senate Armed Services Committee
Sat -- satellite
SATCOM -- Satellite Communications
SATKA -- Surveillance, Acquisition, Tracking and Kill Assessment
SAW -- Squad Assault Weapon (USMC)
SB -- Shipbuilding
SBIRS -- Space Based Infrared System
SBS -- Special Boat Squadron (Royal Marines)
SCAMP -- Single-Channel, Anti-Jam Man Portable (Radios)
SCG -- Special Consultative Group
SCI -- Special Compartmented Intelligence
SCN -- Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy (funding)
SCOTT -- Single Channel Objective Tactical Terminal
SCP -- Secure Conferencing Project
SCP -- Strategic Computing Program (DARPA)
SCPS -- Survivable Collective Protection System (USAF)
SCS -- Sea Control Ship
Scuba -- Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SDAF -- Special Defense Acquisition Fund
SDI -- Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")
SDIO -- Strategic Defense Initiative Organization
SDS -- Strategic Defense System
SDV -- Swimmer Delivery Vehicle
SEA -- Southeast Asia
SEABEE -- Sea Barge
SEAL -- Sea-Air-Land (USN)
SEASAT -- Sea Satellite
SEATO -- Seatheast Asian Treaty Organization (defunct)
Sec -- Security
SecDef -- Secretary of Defense
SecNav -- Secretary of the Navy
SECURITY ASSISTAC -- SECURITY ASSISTANCE
SECURITY CLASSIFICATIONS
SEI -- SPECIFIC EMITTER IDENTIFICATION
SELRES -- Selected Reserve
SEMA -- Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (USA)
Sep -- Separate (USA)
SES -- Surface Effect Ship
SETTER
sfc -- Specific Fuel Consumption
SHALLOW FORDING
SHAPE -- Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO)
SHF -- Super High Frequency
SHIP DESIGNATIONS
SHORAD -- C2 Short-Range Air Defense Command and Control
SHORAD -- Short-Range Air Defense (missile)
shp -- Shaft Horsepower
SI -- Special Intelligence
SICBM -- Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
SIGINT -- SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE
SIGINT -- Signals Intelligence
SIGINT-RELATED ACTIVITY
SIGNAL
SINCGARS -- Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System
SINCGARS-V -- Single-Channel Ground and Air Radio System, VHF
SIO -- Senior Intelligence Officer
SIOP -- Single Integrated Operational Plan
SKR -- STOROZHEVOY KORABL'
SLAM -- Standoff Land Attack Missile
SLAR -- Side-Looking Airborne Radar
SLAT -- Ship-Launched Air-Targeted (missile)
SLAT -- Supersonic Low-Altitude Target system (drone)
SLBM -- Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
SLC -- Submarine Laser Communications
SLCM -- Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (formerly Submarine-Launched)
SLEP -- Service Life Extension Program (USN/USCG)
SLKT -- Survivability, Lethality, and Key Technologies
SLMM -- Submarine-Launched Mobile Mine
SLOC -- Sea Line(s) Of Communication
SLV -- Space Launch Vehicle
SM -- Standard Missile
SMART-T -- Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminals
SMCR -- Selected US Marine Corps Reserve
SMG -- Submachine Gun
SMP -- SOVIET MILITARY POWER (DoD annual assessment)
SNA -- Soviet Naval Aviation
SNAFU -- Situation Normal, All Fouled Up (slang)
SNCO -- Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
SNDL -- Special Navy Distribution List
SNDV -- Strategic Nuclear Delivery Vehicle
SNEP -- Saudi Naval Expansion Program
SNF -- Secret/No Foreign Dissemination
SNF -- Short-range Nuclear Forces
SNR -- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (sonar)
SOA -- Speed of Advance (ship)
SOB -- SAM OB
SOB -- Soviet Order of Battle
SOB -- Space OB
SOCS -- Ship Operational Characteristics Study
SODS -- Strategic Ofensive Delivery Systems
SOF -- Special Operations Force(s)
SOFA -- Status Of Forces Agreement
SOJ -- Stand-Off Jamming
SOJS -- Stand-Off Jammer Suppression
SOLIS -- SIGINT Online Intelligence/Information System
sonar -- Sound Navigation & Ranging (originally Sounding, Navigating,
SOP -- Standard Operational Procedure
SOPA -- Senior Officer Present Afloat (USN)
SOSS -- Soviet Ocean Surveillance System
SOSUS -- Sound Surveillance System (seafloor)
SOURCE
SOW -- Stand-Off Weapon
SP -- Security Police (USAF)
SP -- Self-Propelled
SP -- Shore Patrol (USN)
SP -- Single-Purpose (gun)
SPADATS -- Space Detection And Tracking System
SPADOC -- Space Defense Operations Center
SPAWAR -- Space and Naval Warfare Command (USN)
SPCC -- Ships Parts Control Center (USN)
Spec -- Special
SPECIAL OPERATIONS
SPECIFIED COMMAND
SPO -- Special Projects Office (USN)
SPRAA -- Strategic Plans and Resource Analysis Agency
SPS -- Self-protection Subsystem
SPS -- Simplified Processing Station
Sqdn -- Squadron
SRA -- Selected Restricted Availability (in shipyard)
SRAM -- Short-Range Attack Missile (AGM-69A)
SRB -- Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (USN)
SRBM -- Short-range Ballistic Missile
SRC -- Submarine Rescue Chamber (McCann rescue bell)
SRF -- Strategic Rocket Forces (Soviet)
SRINF -- Shorter Range Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces
SRP -- Sealift Readiness Program (USN)
SRT(s) -- Strategic Relocatable Targets
SS -- Attack Submarine (designation)
SS -- Surface-to-Surface missile
SS-N -- Surface-to-Surface missile, Naval
SSB -- Ballistic Missile Sub, diesel-electric propelled
SSBN -- Ballistic Missile Sub, nuclear-propelled
SSC -- Surface-to-Surface missile, Coastal
SSG -- Ships Service Generator, Staff Sergeant (USAF)
SSM -- Surface-to-Surface Missile
SSN -- Attack Submarine, Nuclear (designation)
SSPO -- Strategic Systems Projects Office (USN)
SST -- Supersonic Transport
SSTS -- Space Surveillance and Tracking System
st -- Static Thrust
STANG -- Standarized Agreement
START -- Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (follow-on to SALT)
STD -- Standard
STO -- Short Take-Off
STOL -- Short Take-Off and Landing
STOVL -- Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing
STP -- Submarine Technology Program (DARPA)
Strat -- strategic
STRATEGIC WARNING
Su -- Sukhoi (Soviet aircraft designation)
Sub -- Submarine
SUBACS -- Submarine Advanced Combat System (now AN/BSY-1)
SUBROC -- submarine rocket
SUM -- Shallow Underwater Missile
Sup -- Superiority
Supp -- Support
SupShip -- Supervisor of Shipbuilding
SURTASS -- Surveillance Towed-Array Sonar System
SUW-N -- Surface-to-Underwater missile (naval)
SVIP -- Secure Voice Improvement Program
SVLA -- Steered Vertical Line Array (sonobuoy)
SW -- Surface Warfare
SWA -- Southwest Africa
SWA -- Southwest Asia
SWATH -- Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (ship)
SWI -- Special Weather Intelligence
SWO -- Surface Warfare Officer (USN)
SWS -- Special Warfare Systems
SWS -- Strategic Warning Staff
SY -- Shipyard (also SYd, US usage is generally NSY)
syst -- System


T

T&E -- Test and Evaluation
T/O -- Take Off
Tac -- Tactical
TAC -- Tactical Air Command (now ACC)
TACAIR -- Tactical Air
TACAMO -- Take Charge And Move Out (E-6A aircraft)
TACAN -- Tactical Air Navigation (system)
TACC -- Tactical Air Command Center (USMC)
TACMS -- Tactical Missile System
TACO -- Tactical Coordinator
TACOM -- Tank-Automative Command (USA)
TACS -- Tactical Air Control System
TACTAS -- Tactical Towed-Array Sonar
TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE
TACTICAL WARNING
TAD -- Temporary Additional Duty
TADS -- Target Acquisition and Designation Sight
TAKR -- TAKTICHESKOYE AVIANOSNYY KREYSER
TAO -- Tactical Action Officer (USN)
TAOC -- Tactical Air Operations Center
TARCAP -- Target Combat Air Patrol
TARGET INTELLIGENCE
TARPS -- Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System
TASK FORCE
TASM -- Tomahawk anti-ship missile
TAV -- Technical Availability (USN)
TBMCS -- Theater Battle Management Core System
TBS -- The Basic School (USMC)
TCAC -- Technical Control and Analysis Center
TCAS -- Traffic Alert & Collision Avoicance System
TCPS -- Transportable Collective Protection System (USAF)
TDAC -- Training Data and Analysis Center
TDY -- Temporary Duty
TECHELINT -- TECHNICAL ELINT
TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE
TELINT -- Telemetry Intelligence
TEMP -- Test and Evaluation Master Plan
TEMPEST -- TEMPEST COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY PROGRAM
TENCAP -- Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities
TERCOM -- Terrain Contour Matching (guidance)
TERRORISM
TEUE -- Training Effectiveness User Evaluation
TF -- Task Force
TFW -- Tactical Fighter Wing (USAF)
TG -- Task Group
TGSM -- Terminally Guided Submunitions
THAAD -- Theater High Altitude Area Defense
TIAP -- Theater Intelligence Architecture Program
TIARA -- Tactical Intelligence And Related Activities
TIC -- Tactical Information Coordinator
TJS -- Tactical Jamming System
TK -- Talent Keyhole (compartmented classification)
Tk -- tank
TLAM/C -- Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile (Conventional)
TLAM/N -- Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile (Nuclear)
TMD -- Theater Missile Defense
Tng -- Training
Tnr -- Trainer
TO -- Table of Organization
TO&E -- Table of Organization and Equipment
TOA -- Total Obligational Authority (budget)
tot -- Total
TOW -- Takeoff Weight
TOW -- Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missile
TPS -- Test Pilot School (USN)
TRADOC -- Training and Doctrine Command (USA)
TRADOC -- Training and Doctrine Command (USA)
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
TRAM -- Traget Recognition Attack Multisenor
Trans -- Transport
TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT
TRENCH BURIAL
TRIAD -- US strategic nuclear forces--bombers, ICBMs, and SLBMs
TRIAGE
TRITAC -- Tri-service Tactical Communications system
TROPICAL STORM
TROPOSPHERE
TRS -- Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron/System
TRUE ALTITUDE
TRUE BEARING
TRUE NORTH
TSSAM -- Tri-services Standoff Attack Missiles
TT -- Teletype
TT -- Torpedo Tube
TTS -- Tank Thermal Sight (USA)
TTTs -- Tanker Transport Training System (USAF)
TTWS -- Terminal Threat Warning System
TTY -- Teletypewriter
TU -- Task Unit
Tu -- Tupelov (Soviet aircraft designation)
TURNAROUND
TVA -- Target Value Analysis
TVC -- Thrust Vectoring Control
TVD -- TEATR VOYENNYKH DEYSTVIY
TVD -- theater of military operations (Soviet)
TW/AA -- Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment
TWS -- Track-While-Scan


U

UAV -- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle
UBA -- Underwater Breathing Apparatus (British)
UCA -- Undefinitized Contractual Actions
UCMJ -- Uniformed Code of Military Justice
UCP -- Unified Command Plan
UDT -- UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAM
UDT -- Underwater Demolition Team (no longer used)
UH -- Utility Helicopter (designation)
UHF -- Ultra-High Frequency
ULCC -- Ultra-Large Crude Carrier (ship)
ULMS -- Underwater Long-range Missile System (now Trident)
UMOP -- Unintentional Effectiveness User Evaluation
UN -- United Nations
UNAVM -- UN Angola Verification Mission
UNC -- UN Command
unclas -- unclassified
UNCONV WARFARE -- UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE
UNDERWAY REPLENISHMENT FORCE OR GROUP
UNDOF -- UN Disengagement Observer Force (Golan Heights)
UNFICYP -- UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
UNGOMAP -- UN Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan & Pakistan
UNIFIED COMMAND
UNIFIL -- UN Interim Force In Lebanon
UNIIMOG -- UN Iran--Iraq Military Observers Group
UNIT
UNIT LOADING
UNIT STRENGTH
UNMOGIP -- UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
UNTSO -- UN Truce Supervision Organization (Middle East)
US ARMED FORCES
US COUNTRY TEAM
US SPECIAL FORCES -- US ARMY SPECIAL FORCES
USA -- US Army
USAEUR -- US Army Europe
USAF -- US Air Force
USAFE -- US Air Forces Europe
USAFR -- US Air Force Reserve
USAIA -- US Army Intelligence Agency
USAR -- US Army Reserve
USC&GS -- US Coast and Geodetic Survey
USCENTCOM -- US Central Command
USCG -- US Coast Guard
USCGC -- US Coast Guard Cutter
USCINCCENT -- Commander-in-Chief, US Central Command
USCINCEUR -- Commander-in-Chief, Europe
USCINCLANT -- Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Command
USCINCPAC -- Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command
USCINCRED -- Commander-in-Chief, US Readiness Command
USCINCSO -- Commander-in-Chief, US Southern Command
USCINCSOC -- Commander-in-Chief, US Special Operations Command
USCINCSOUTH -- Commander-in-Chief, US Southern Command
USCINCSPACE -- Commander-in-Chief, US Space Command
USD -- Under Secretary of Defense
USEUCOM -- US European Command (unified)
USFORSCOM -- US Forces Command (specified)
USLANTCOM -- US Atlantic Command (unified)
USMA -- US Maritime Academy
USMA -- US Maritime Administration (now MarAd)
USMA -- US Military Academy
USMC -- US Marine Corps
USMMA -- US Merchant Marine Academy
USN -- US Navy
USNA -- US Naval Academy
USNAVEUR -- US Navy, Europe
USNI -- US Naval Institute
USNR -- US Naval Reserve
USNS -- US Naval Ship (MSC operated)
USPACOM -- US Pacific Command
USREDCOM -- US Readiness Command (no longer operational)
USS -- United States Ship
USSOC -- US Special Operations Command
USSOUTHCOM -- US Southern Command
USSPACECOM -- US Space Command
USSR -- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
USSS -- UNITED STATES SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM
USTOL -- Ultra-Short Take-off and Landing
USTRANSCOM -- US Transportation Command
USUTC -- US Unified Transportation Command
UUV -- Untethered Underwater Vehicle


V

V/STOL -- Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing
VA -- Veteran's Administration
VALIDATION
VATAR -- Variable Search and Track Air Defense Radar
VCNO -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations
VDL -- Video Data Link
VECTOR
VERTICAL ENVELOPM -- VERTICAL ENVELOPMENT
VERTREP -- Vertical Replenishment
VGK -- Supreme High Command (Soviet)
VHA -- Variable Housing Allowance
VHF -- Very High Frequency
VHSIC -- Very High Speed Integrated Circuit
VIP -- Very Important Person
VLA -- Vertical Launch ASROC
VLAD -- Vertical Line Array DIFAR (sonobuoy)
VLCC -- Very Large Crude Carrier (ship)
VLF -- Very Low Frequency
VLS -- Vertical Launch System
VLSI -- Very Large Scale Integration
VOD -- Vertical On-board Delivery (VERTREP is preferred)
VPK -- Military Industrial Commission (Soviet)
VTA -- Military Transport Aviation (Soviet)
VTOL -- Vertical Take-Off and Landing


W

WAA -- Wide Aperture Array (sonar)
WAG -- "Wild-Ass Guess" (slang)
WAR GAME
WAR RESERVE (NUCL) -- WAR RESERVE (NUCLEAR)
WAR RESERVES
WARHEAD
WARMAPS -- WARTIME MANPOWER PLANNING SYSTEM
WARMAPS -- Wartime Manpower Planning System
WARNING
WARNING OF WAR
WARSAW PACT
WASS -- Wide Area Augumentation System (f/GPS Signals)
WATCHCON -- Watch Conditions
WATCHING MINE
WCMD -- Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser
WEAPON DEBRIS
WEAPON SYSTEM
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
WEATHER CENTRAL
WEATHER MINIMUM
WEU -- Western European Union
WHITE PROPAGANDA
WHNS -- Wartime Host Nations Support
WIA -- Wounded In Action
WIG -- Wing-In-Ground (effect)
WILD WEASEL
WIN -- WWMCCS Intercomputer Network
WING
WINK -- Warning IN Korea
WIS -- WWMCCS Information System
Wks -- Works
wl -- Waterline
WOUNDED IN ACTION
WP -- Warsaw Pact
WPN -- Weapons Procurement, Navy
WRSA -- War Reserve Stock for Allies
WSCS -- Weapons System Computional Subsystem
WSO -- Weapons System Officer
WST -- Weapon System Trainer
WWABNCP -- Worldwide Airborne Command Post
WWABNRES -- WWMCCS Airborne Resources
WWIMS -- Worldwide Warning Indicator Monitoring System
WWMCCS -- Worldwide Military Command and Control System


X

Xmtl -- Experimental
XO -- Executive Officer
XROD -- EXTERNAL PROPULSION ROUND


Y

Yak -- Yakovlev (Soviet aircraft designation)
YAW


Z

ZERO POINT



zero-zero -- zero altitude-zero speed
ZONE I (NUCLEAR)
ZONE II (NUCLEAR)
ZONE III (NUCLEAR
ZULU TIME

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