A2C2 - Army airspace command and control
AA - assembly area
AAA - air avenue of approach
AADC - Army air defense commander
AAM - air-to-air missile
ABMOC - Air Battle Management Operations Center
AC - aircraft
ACA - airlift clearance authority
ACP - air control point
ACR - armored cavalry regiment
- active air defense -
- direct defensive action taken to destroy attacking enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of such attack. It includes such measures as the use of aircraft, interceptor missiles, air defense weapons artillery, non-air defense weapons in an air defense role, and electronic countermeasures and counter-countermeasures (Joint Publication 1-02).
AD - air defense
ADA - air defense artillery
ADADO - assistant division air defense officer
ADCOORD - air defense coordinator
ADCS - air defense coordination section
ADIZ - air defense identification zone
ADLNO - air defense liaison officer
ADMIN/LOG - administrative/logistics
ADO - air defense officer
ADW - air defense warning
a fundamental task of air defense command and control and airspace management which encompasses the principles for the control and coordination of both tactical air and ground-based air defense resources. Air battle management is exercised through positive and procedural methods.
air corridor -
a restricted air route of travel specified for use by friendly aircraft and established for the purpose of preventing friendly aircraft from being fired upon by friendly forces.
air defense (AD) -
all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of attack by hostile aircraft or guided missiles both before and after they are airborne.
air defense artillery (ADA) -
ground-based, surface-to-air weapons, including guns and surface-to-air missiles and support equipment, for engaging air targets.
air strike -
an attack on specific objectives by fighter, bomber, or attack aircraft on an offensive mission.
airspace control -
a service provided in the combat zone to increase operational effectiveness by promoting the safe, efficient, and flexible use of airspace. Airspace control is provided to permit greater flexibility of operations, while authority to approve, disapprove, or deny combat operations is vested only in the operational commander.
airspace management -
the coordination, integration, and regulation of the use of airspace of defined dimensions.
a warning signal of a real or threatened danger, such as an air attack; to forewarn; to prepare for action.
(1) the translation of the apportionment into total number of sorties by aircraft type available for each operation task and (2) an apportionment of a definite quantity of supplies space services personnel, or productive facility for a specific use.
- air battle management -
ALO - air liaison officer
alt - altitude
the position given to a weapon, unit, or individual to be occupied when the primary position becomes unsuitable for carrying out its task. The alternate position is located so that the weapon can continue to fulfill its original task.
- alternate position -
AM - amplitude modulation
AMC - at my command--a method of control for fire support.
AMO - air movement officer
ant - antenna
AO - area of operations
AOC - Army Operations Center
APOD - aerial port of debarkation
APP - Allied Publication Procedure
within an overseas unified command, subordinate unified command, or joint task forces, the commander will assign overall responsibility for air defense to a single commander. Normally, this will be the Air Force component commander. Representation from the other service components involved will be provided, as appropriate, to the area air defense commander's headquarters.
- area air defense commander (AADC) -
ARTEP - Army Training and Evaluation Program
aslt - assault
ASM - air-to-surface missile; aim smart munitions
ASP - ammunition supply point
AT - antitank
ATGM - antitank guided missile
atk - attack
ATP - Allied Tactical Publication; ammunition transfer point
the placement of units or personnel in an organization where such placement is relatively temporary. Subject to limitations imposed by the attachment order, the commander of the formation, unit, or organization receiving the attachment will exercise the same degree of command and control thereover as he does over units and persons organic to his command. However, the responsibility for transfer and promotion of personnel will normally be retained by the parent formation, unit, or organization.
an offensive action characterized by fire and maneuver and culminating in a violent assault or, in an attack by fire, in the delivery of intensive direct fires from an advantageous position. Its purpose is to direct a decisive blow at the enemy to hold him, destroy him in place, or force him to capitulate.
- attach -
attn - attention
Aug - August
AVT - automatic video tracker
AWACS - Airborne Warning and Control System
BAI - battlefield air interdiction
that quantity of nonnuclear ammunition that is authorized and required by each service to be on hand for a unit to meet combat needs until resupply can be accomplished. It is expressed in rounds, units, or units of weight, as appropriate.
battle position -
a position on which the main effort of the defense is concentrated. A battle position is made up of a system of defensive sectors that support one another.
battlefield operating system (BOS)-
a major function occurring on the battlefield and performed by the force to successfully execute operations. The seven systems are (1) maneuver, (2) fire support, (3) air defense, (4) command and control, (5) intelligence, (6) mobility and survivability, and (7) combat service support. NBC must be integrated throughout each BOS.
- basic load (ammunition) -
BC - battery commander
BCE - battlefield coordinating element
BCS - battery computing system
BCU - battery coolant unit
BDA - battle damage assessment
bde - brigade
BDO - battledress overgarment
BFA - battlefield functional area
BII - basic issue items
BMNT - beginning morning nautical twilight
bn - battalion
BNTOC - battalion tactical operations center
BOS - battlefield operating system
in land warfare, a line by which areas of responsibility between adjacent units and or formations are defined.
bounding overwatch -
a movement technique used when contact with enemy forces is expected. The unit moves by bounds. One element is always halted in position to overwatch another element while it moves. The overmatching element is positioned to support the moving unit by fire or fire and maneuver.
- boundary -
BP - battle position
BSA - battalion support area
BSFV - Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle
btry - battery
c - control
C2 - command and control
C2I - command, control, and intelligence
C3 - command, control, and communications
C3I - command, control, communications, and intelligence
CAAD - combined arms air defense
CAM - chemical agent monitor
CAS - close air support
cav - cavalry
cbt - combat
cdr - commander
CDT - control display terminal
CESO - communications-electronics staff officer
cGy - centigray
air action against hostile targets which are in proximity to friendly forces and which require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces.
- close air support (CAS) -
CM - cruise missile
cmd - command
CNR - combat net radio
co - company
CO2 - carbon dioxide
the essential logistics functions, activities, and tasks necessary to sustain all elements of an operating force in an area of operations. Combat service support includes, but is not limited to, the assistance provided operating forces primarily in the fields of administrative services, chaplain services, military police, supply, maintenance, transportation, construction, troop construction, acquisition and disposal of real property, facilities engineering, topographic and geodetic engineering functions, food service, graves registration, laundry, dry cleaning, bath, property disposal, and other logistics services.
combat support -
fire support and operational assistance provided to combat elements. It includes artillery, air defense artillery, aviation (less air cavalry and attack helicopter), engineer, military police, signal, military intelligence, and chemical.
combat support elements -
those elements whose primary missions are to provide combat support to the combat forces and which are a part, or prepared to become a part, of a theater, command, or task force formed for combat operations.
combat trains -
the portion of unit trains that provides the combat service support required for immediate response to the needs of forward tactical elements.
- combat service support (CSS) -
COMINT - communications intelligence
the authority that a commander in the military service lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtute of rank or assignment. Command includes the authority and responsibility for effectively using available resources and planning the employment of, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling military forces for the accomplishment of assigned missions. It also includes responsibility for the health, welfare, morale, and discipline of assigned personnel (Joint Publication 1-02).
command and control (C2 ) -
the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned forces in the accomplishment of the mission. Command and control functions are performed through an arrangement of personnel, equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures employed by a commander in planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the accomplishment of the mission (Joint Publication 1-02).
command post (CP) -
a unit's or subunit's headquarters where the commander and the staff perform their activities. In combat, a unit's or subunit's headquarters is often divided into echelons; the echelon in which the unit or subunit commander is located or from which he operates is called a command post.
communications security (COMSEC) -
the protection resulting from all measures designed to deny unauthorized persons information of value which might be derived from the possession and study of telecommunications, or to mislead unauthorized persons in their interpretation of the results of such possession and study.
- command -
COMSEC - communications security
continuity implies the responsibility of ensuring an operation is not affected by an interruption of support or by unforeseen events.
authority that may be less than full command exercised by a commander over part of the activities of subordinate or other organizations.
- continuity -
CONUS - continental United States
COSCOM - corps support command
air operations conducted to attain and maintain a desired degree of air superiority by the destruction or neutralization of enemy territory and are generally conducted at the initiative of friendly forces. The latter are normally conducted near or over friendly forces and are generally reactive to the initiative of the enemy air forces.
- counterair operations -
CP - command post
CRC - control and reporting center
CRP - control and reporting post
CS - combat support
CSB -corps service battery
CSS - combat service support
providing specific and timely position data with tentative identification of aircraft within a designated range of a fire unit.
- cueing -
CVC - combat vehicle crewman
DA - Department of the Army
DC - District of Columbia; direct current
an engagement in which a unit is considered fully committed and cannot maneuver or extricate itself. In the absence of outside assistance, the action must be fought to a conclusion and either won or lost with the forces at hand.
- decisive engagement -
decon - decontamination
a mission assigned to a unit which requires it to destroy an attacking enemy force or stop it from penetrating the sector or battle position. Subunits of the defending unit may have such missions as defend, delay, or counterattack.
- defend -
DEW - directed early warning
DISCOM - division support command
div - division
DP - decision point
DS - direct support
DS2 - decontaminating solution number 2
DSM - decision support matrix
DST - decision support template
DSU - direct support unit
DTAC - division tactical (operations center)
DTD - detailed troop decontamination
DTG - date-time group
DZ - drop zone
E - east
EA - engagement area
EAC - echelons above corps
early notification of the launch or approach of unknown weapons carriers.
- early warning (EW) -
ECCM - electronic counter-countermeasures
ECM - electronic countermeasures
ECU - environmental control unit
EENT - end (of) evening nautical twilight
EFF - enemy fighting force
EH - extremely high risk
division of electronic warfare involving actions taken to ensure friendly effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum despite the enemy's use of electronic warfare.
electronic countermeasures (ECM) -
that division of electronic warfare involving actions taken to prevent or reduce an enemy's effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum.
electronic warfare -
military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine, exploit, reduce, or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum and action which retains friendly use of the electromagnetic spectrum..
- electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) -
ELINT - electronic intelligence
EMCON - emission control
in air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and or weapon systems to fire on a designated target.
engagement area (killing area or zone) -
an area in which a commander plans to force the enemy to concentrate so as to destroy him with conventional weapons.
- engage -
engr - engineer
EPLRS - enhanced position location reporting system
EPW - enemy prisoner of war
EW - early warning
EWBN - early warning broadcast net
FA - field artillery
FAA - forward alighting area
FAAD - forward area air defense
FAC - forward air controller
FACS - field artillery coordination section
FARP - forward area rearm and refuel point
FASCAM - family of scatterable mines
FAX - facsimile
FDC - tire direction center
FDO - fire direction officer
FEBA - forward edge of the battle area
FEZ - fighter engagement zone
FFE - fire for effect
the area which a weapon or group of weapons may cover effectively with fire from a given position.
field trains -
the portion of the unit trains that provides the combat service support not required for immediate response to the needs of tactical elements. They are located rearward to prevent interference independently from the supported tactical unit, and achieve security through passive measures.
fire and maneuver -
tactical technique, usually an extension of bounding overwatch, used once contact with the enemy is gained. One element moves while another provides a base of fire.
fire support coordination line (FSCL) -
a line established by the appropriate ground commander to ensure coordination of fire not under his control but which may affect current tactical operations. The fire support coordination line is used to coordinate fires of air, ground, or sea weapons systems using any type of ammunition against surface targets. The FSCL should follow well-defined terrain features.
fire support coordinator -
the senior field artillery officer at each echelon above maneuver platoon level who serves as the principal advisor to the commander for the planning and coordination of all available fire support.
fire support element (FSE) -
a functional portion of a force tactical operations center that provides centralized targeting, coordination, and integration of fires, delivered by fire support means under the control of, or in support of, the force on surface targets.
fire support team (FIST) -
in fire support operations, a team comprised of a team chief (FA lieutenant) and the necessary additional personnel and equipment required to request, coordinate, and direct fire support effort for company-size units.
- field of fire -
1SG - first sergeant
FIST - fire support team
FLIR - forward looking infrared
FLOT - forward line of own troops
fluid - events easily changed or tending to change.
FM - frequency modulation; field manual
FOB - forward operating base
a temporary facility organized, equipped, and deployed by an aviation unit commander and normally located closer to the area of operation than the aviation unit's combat service area to provide fuel and ammunition necessary for the employment of helicopter units in combat. The FARP permits combat aircraft to rapidly refuel and rearm simultaneously.
forward edge of the battle area (FEBA) -
the foremost limit of a series of areas in which ground combat units are deployed, excluding the areas in which the covering or screening forces are operating, designated to coordinate fire support, the positioning of forces, or the maneuver of units.
forward line of own troops (FLOT) -
a line which indicates the most forward positions of friendly forces in any kind of military operation at a specific time.
- forward area rearm and refuel point (FARP) -
fq - frequency
FRAGO - fragmentary order
an abbreviated form of an operation order, usually issued on a day-to-day basis, that eliminates the need for restating information contained in a basic operation order. It may be issued in sections.
- fragmentary order (FRAGO) -
FS - fire support
FSB - forward support battalion
FSCL - fire support coordination line
FSE - fire support element
FSO - fire support officer
ft - foot
FU - fire unit
FW - fixed wing
G - group
G2 - Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence)
G3 - Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Plans)
GBS - ground-based sensor
GPS - Global Positioning System
GS - general support
GS-R - general support-reinforcing
H - high risk
HHB - headquarters and headquarters battery
HIDACZ - high-density airspace control zone
HIMAD - high-to medium-altitude air defense
HIMEZ - high-altitude missile engagement zone
HMMWV - high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle
HQ - headquarters
description of conditions under which an aircraft or vehicle may be identified as hostile for engagement purposes.
- hostile criteria -
ICAC2 - integrated combat airspace command and control
ID - identification
a system using electromagnetic transmissions to which equipment carried by friendly forces automatically responds; for example, by emitting pulses, thereby distinguishing themselves from enemy forces.
- identification, friend or foe (IFF) -
IFF - identification, friend or foe
in - inch
fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as a point of aim for the weapon or the director.
(1) placement of troops and equipment into an operational area in airmobile operations, and (2) the placement of observation posts, patrols, or raiding parties, either by helicopter or parachute.
- indirect fire -
INT-EXT - internal and external
intel - intelligence
a continuous, integrated, and comprehensive analysis of the effects of terrain, weather, and enemy capabilities on operations. Using overlays, graphic display, and templating techniques, the IPB process increases the accuracy and timeliness of the intelligence available to the commander. It should start well before combat operations begin.
- intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB) -
IP - initial point
IPB - intelligence preparation of the battlefield
JAAT - joint air attack team
the deliberate radiation, reradiation, or reflection of electromagnetic energy to prevent or degrade the receipt of information by a receiver. It includes communications jamming and noncommunications jamming.
- jamming -
Jan - January
JEZ - joint engagement zone
JFACC - joint force air component commander
JTIDS - joint tactical information distribution system
km - kilometer
L - low risk
LADW - local air defense warning
LBE - load-bearing equipment
LC - line of contact
LCD - liquid crystal display
LD - line of departure
ldr - leader
LDS - lightweight decontamination system
that contact or intercommunications maintained between elements of military forces to ensure mutual understanding and unity of purpose and effort.
a meeting of friendly group forces (such as when an advancing force reaches an objective area previously seized by airborne or air assault forces, when an encircled element breaks out to rejoin friendly forces, or when converging maneuver forces meet).
linkup point -
an easily identifiable point on the ground where two forces conducting a linkup meet. When one force is stationary, linkup points normally are established where the moving force's routes of advance intersect the stationary force's security elements. Linkup points for two moving forces are established on boundaries where the two forces are expected to converge.
- liaison -
LL - latent lethality
LNO - liaison officer
LOA - limit of advance
LOC - line of communications
a daily resupply of normally Classes I, II, and V, as well as medical and ADA-peculiar items.
- logistics package (LOGPAC) -
LOGPAC - logistics package
LOMEZ - low-altitude missile engagement zone
LOS - line of sight
LP - listening post
LRF - laser range finder
LRP - logistics release point
LSDIS - light and special divisions interim sensor
LZ - landing zone
m - meter
M - moderate risk
the principal attack or effort into which a commander throws the full-weight of the offensive combat power at his disposal. An attack directed against the chief objective of the campaign or battle.
- main attack -
MANPADS - man-portable air defense system
(1) the absence of any obstruction in the path of a trajectory, and (2) the amount of clearance by which a projectile passes over any object between the weapon and its target.
- mask clearance -
MEDEVAC - medical evacuation
METT-T - mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available
MFCS - manual FAAD control system
MOPP - mission-oriented protection posture
MOS - military occupational specialty
manner of traversing terrain (for example, traveling, traveling overwatch, and bounding overmatch). The likelihood of enemy contact determines which technique is used.
movement to contact -
an offensive operation designed to gain initial ground contact with the enemy or to regain lost contacts (in NATO, the term "advance to contact" is used).
- movement technique -
MPH - miles per hour
MRAD - milliradians
MRE - meals, ready-to-eat
MRR - minimum risk route
MSE - missile support element
MSR - main supply route
MTC - movement to contact
MTR - missile tracking radar
that support which units render each other against an enemy, because of their assigned task, their position relative to each other and to the enemy, and their inherent capabilities.
- mutual support -
NAI - named area of interest
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVSTAR - navigational star
NBC - nuclear, biological, chemical
NBCO - nuclear, biological, and chemical officer
NCS - net control station
NLT - not later than
NMC - non-mission-capable
no - number
Nov - November
NVD - night vision device
NVG - night vision goggles
obj - objective
OCA - operational control authority
a category of fire using smoke or other obscurants directly on or near the enemy with the primary purpose of suppressing observers and minimizing the enemy's vision, both within and beyond their position area.
observation and fields of fire, cover and concealment, obstacles, key terrain, and avenues of approach.
- obscuration fire -
OIC - officer in charge
OJT - on-the-job training
OP - observation post
OPCOM - operational command
OPCON - operational control
a directive issued by a commander to subordinate commanders for the purpose of effecting the coordinated execution of an operation.
operation overlay -
overlay showing the location and strength of friendly forces involved in an operation. It may indicate predicted movements and locations of enemy forces. It is usually substituted for an operation map at the lower echelons as an essential part of an operation order.
operation plan (OPLAN) -
a plan for a single or series of connected operations to be carried out simultaneously or in succession. It is usually based upon stated assumptions and is the form of directive employed by higher authority to permit subordinate commanders to prepare supporting plans and orders. The designation "plan" is usually used instead of "order" in preparing for operations well in advance. An operation plan may be put into effect at a prescribed time, or on signal, and then becomes the operation order.
operational command (OPCOM) -
the authority granted to a commander to assign missions or tasks to subordinate commanders, to deploy units, to reassign forces, and to retain or delegate operational and or tactical control as may be deemed necessary. It does not of itself include responsibility for administration or logistics. May also be used to denote the forces assigned to a commander.
operational control (OPCON) -
transferable command authority which may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of unified or specified combatant commands. It normally provides full authority to organize commands and forces and to employ those forces as the commander in operational control considers necessary to accomplish assigned missions. Operational control does not, in and of itself, include authoritative direction for logistics or matters of administration, discipline, internal organization, or unit training.
- operation order (OPORD) -
OPLAN - operation plan
OPORD - operation order
(1) a tactical technique in which one element is positioned to support the movement of another element with immediate direct fire, and (2) the tactical role of an element positioned to support the movement of another element with immediate direct fire.
passage point -
a point where units will pass through one another either in an advance or withdrawal. It is located where the commander desires subordinate units to physically execute a passage of lines.
passive air defense -
all measures, other than active defense, taken to minimize the effects of hostile air action. These measures include the use of cover, concealment, camouflage, deception, dispersion, and the use of protective construction.
- overwatch -
PCI - product configuration identification
PD - point of departure
PDDA - power driven decontamination apparatus
PFC - private first class
PL - phase line
PLGR - precision lightweight GPS receiver
plt - platoon
PMCS - preventive maintenance checks and services
POL - petroleum, oils, and lubricants
the location at which aircraft quickly gain altitude for target acquisition and engagement.
positive control -
a method of airspace control that relies on positive identification, tracking, and direction of aircraft within an airspace conducted with electronic means by an agency having this authority and responsibility therein.
- pop-up point -
PP - passage point
that location which provides the best means to accomplish the assigned mission.
procedural control -
a method of airspace control that relies on a combination of previously agreed upon promulgated orders and procedures.
- primary position -
PSG - platoon sergeant
psn - position
PTL - primary target line
PZ - pickup zone
R - reinforcing
RCS - radar cross section
RCU - remote control unit
an unmanned vehicle capable of being controlled from a distant location through a communications link. It is normally designed to be recoverable. See unmanned aerial vehicle.
- remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) -
RES - reserve
RF - radio frequency
RISTA - reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, and target acquisition
ROA - restricted operations area
ROE - rules of engagement
ROZ - restricted operations zone
RP - release point
RPV - remotely piloted vehicle
RSOP - reconnaissance, selection, and occupation of position
rte - route
directives issued by competent military authority which delineate the circumstances and limitations under which forces will initiate and or continue combat engagements with other forces encountered. In air defense, directives that delineate the circumstance under which weapons may fire at an aircraft. The right of self-defense is never denied.
- rules of engagement (ROE) -
RW - rotary wing
(S) - secret
S2 - intelligence officer
S3 - operations and training officer
S4 - supply officer
SAAFR - standard use Army aircraft flight routes
SBF - support by fire
sct - scout
sec - section
SF - supported force
SGT - sergeant
SHORADEZ - short-range air defense engagement zone
SHTU - simplified handheld terminal unit
SINCGARS - single-channel ground and airborne radio system
SITREP - situation report
SLAR - side-looking airborne radar
SLC - side lobe cancellor
SOI - signal operation instructions
SOJ - standoff jammer
SOP - standing operating procedure
SOR - states of readiness
SOSR - suppress, obscure, secure, and reduce
SP - start point
SPC - specialist
SPOD - seaport of debarkation
SPOTREP - spot report
spt - support
SSG - staff sergeant
stab - stabilized
STANAG - standardization agreement
STANO - surveillance, target acquisition, and night observation
a designated area in which combat service support elements, some staff elements, and other elements locate to support a unit.
supporting attack -
an offensive operation carried out in conjunction with a main attack and designed to achieve one or more of the following: deceive the enemy, destroy or pin down enemy forces which could interfere with the main attack, control ground whose occupation by the enemy will hinder the main attack, or force the enemy to commit reserves prematurely or in an indecisive area.
temporary or transient degradation of the performance of a weapon system, below the level needed to fulfill its mission objectives, by an opposing force.
the systematic observation of aerospace, surface or subsurface areas, places, persons, or things, by visual, natural, electronic, photographic, or other means.
- support area -
SVML - standard vehicle mounted launcher
SWA - Southwest Asia
TAA - total Army analysis; tactical assembly area
TAC - Tactical Air Command
TACSOP - tactical standing operating procedure
an element within the main command post which consists of those staff activities involved in sustaining current operations and in planning future operations.
- tactical operations center (TOC) -
TAI - target area of interest
a temporary grouping of forces designed to accomplish a particular mission. Task organization involves the distribution of available assets to subordinate control headquarters by attachment or by placing assets in direct support or under the operational control of the subordinate.
- task organization (TASKO) -
TASKO - task organization
TASM - tactical air-to-surface missile
TBD - to be determined
TBM - tactical ballistic missile
TBP - to be published
TF - task force
tm - team
TM - technical manual
TMD - theater missile defense
TOC - tactical operations center
TOE - table of organization and equipment
a movement technique used when speed is necessary and contact with enemy forces is not likely. All elements of the unit move simultaneously with the unit leader located where he can best control.
traveling overwatch -
a movement technique used when contact with enemy forces is possible. The lead element and trailing element are separated by a short distance which varies with the terrain. The trailing element moves at variable speeds and may pause for short periods to overwatch the lead element. It keys its movement to terrain and the lead element. It overmatches at a distance such that enemy engagement of the lead element will not prevent the trailing element from firing or moving to support the lead element.
- traveling -
trp - troop
TRP - target reference point
TSOP - tactical standing operating procedure
TTP - tactics, techniques, and procedures
TV - television
TX - Texas
(U) - unclassified
UAV - unmanned aerial vehicle
UMCP - unit maintenance collection point
an air vehicle that is remotely or automatically controlled. See remotely piloted vehicle.
- unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) -
US - United States
USAADASCH - United States Army Air Defense Artillery School
USAF - United States Air Force
USMC - United States Marine Corps
USN - United States Navy
v - velocity; volts
VA - vertical angle
VACR - visual aircraft recognition
VDC - video display control
veh - vehicle
vs - versus
vic - vicinity
WARNO - warning order
WCS - weapon control status
the degree of fire control imposed upon Army units having an air defense mission in the combat zone. Weapon control status terms normally used are WEAPONS FREE, WEAPONS TIGHT, and WEAPONS HOLD.
weapon engagement zone -
in air defense, airspace of defined dimensions within which the responsibility for engagement normally rests with a particular weapon system.
weapons control -
the varying degrees of formal control an air defense commander exercises over all air defense weapons in his area of responsibility.
WEAPONS FREE -
in air defense, a weapons control order imposing a status whereby weapons systems may be fired at any target not positively recognized as friendly.
WEAPONS HOLD -
in air defense, a weapons control order imposing a status whereby weapons systems may be fired in self-defense or in response to a formal order.
WEAPONS TIGHT -
in air defense, a weapons control order imposing a status whereby weapons systems may be fired only at targets recognized as hostile.
- weapon control status (WCS) -
WEZ - weapons engagement zone
WFZ - weapons free zone
XO - executive officer
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list