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A as acquired (attack matrix)

AA assembly area

AAA antiaircraft artillery

AAGS Army air-ground system

AATF air assault task force

AATM air assault team

ABCA Australia, Britain, Canada, America

ABP air battle position

A/C aircraft

ACA airspace coordination area

ACE Allied Command Europe

ACR armored cavalry regiment

ACRV artillery command and reconnaissance vehicle

AD air defense

ADA air defense artillery

ADAM area denial artillery munition

admin/log administrative/logistics (radio net)

ADO air defense officer

AFAC airborne forward air controller

AFATDS advanced field artillery tactical data system

AFSO aerial fire support observer

AGM air-ground missile

AHB attack helicopter battalion

AHRS attitude and heading reference system

AI air interdiction

ALD airborne laser designator

ALO air liaison officer

AM amplitude modulated

AMC air mission commander

AMF (L) Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land)

ammo ammunition

ANGLICO air and naval gunfire liaison company

anx annex

AO area of operations

AOF azimuth of fire

AP antipersonnel

APC armored personnel carrier

APDS armor-piercing discarding sabot

APFSDS armor-piercing, fin-stabilized, discarding sabot

API armor-piercing incendiary

armd armored

ARBS angle rate bombing system

ARPD army mobile transport battalion (Soviet)

arty artillery

AS Australia

ASOC air support operations center

ASP ammunition supply point

ASPS all-source production section

AT antitank

ATF amphibious task force

ATGM antitank guided missile

ATHS airborne target hand-over system

ATI artillery target intelligence

ATO air tasking order

ATP ammunition transfer point

AVLB armored vehicle-launched bridge

avn aviation

az azimuth


BAI battlefield air interdiction

BCE battlefield control element

BCS battery computer system

BDA bomb damage assessment

bde brigade

BE Belgium

BECS battlefield electronic CEOI system

BGU basic generation unit

BHOL battle handoff line

BIFV Bradley infantry fighting vehicle

BLT battalion landing team

BMA battery-minefield angle

BMP Soviet amphibious infantry combat vehicle

bn battalion

BOS battlefield operating system

BP battle position

BSA brigade support area

BSO battalion signal officer

BTR Soviet amphibious armored personnel carrier

btry battery


C2 command and control

C3 command, control, and communications

CA Canada

CAA combined arms army

CAB combat aviation brigade

CAS close air support

CATF commander amphibious task force

cav cavalry

CBU cluster bomb unit

CCP communications checkpoint

CCT combat control team

cdr commander

CEOI communications-electronics operation instructions

CEWI combat electronic warfare intelligence

CF command/fire (radio net)

CFA covering force area

CFL coordinated fire line

CFV cavalry fighting vehicle

CFZ critical friendly zone

CGI control group intercept

Chap Chaparral

CHEMWARN chemical warning

CI counterintelligence

CLF commander landing force

CLGP cannon-launched guided projectile

CM countermobility (mission)

cmd command (radio net)

cmd/ops command/operations (radio net)

cml chemical

CNR combat net radio

co company

COLT combat observation/lasing team

comm communications

COMSEC communication security

COP command observation post (Soviet)

counterprep counterpreparation

CP command post

Cphd Copperhead

CPT captain

CRP combat recon patrol

CRTA chief of rocket troops and artillery (Soviet)

CS combat support

CSR controlled supply rate

CSS combat service support

CTOC corps tactical operations center


D destroy (attack matrix)

(D) digital (radio net)

DAG division artillery group

DARM-4 mobile artillery repair shop complex (type)

DBA deep battle area

DD destroyer

DDG guided missile destroyer

def defense

det detachment

DF direction finding

DISCOM division support command

div division

div arty division artillery

DLIC detachment left in contact

DMD digital message device

DPICM dual-purpose improved conventional munitions

DS direct support

DSA division support area

DTG date-time group

DZ drop zone


EA engagement area

ECCM electronic counter-countermeasures

ECM electronic countermeasures

EEFI essential elements of friendly information

EIR essential intelligence requirements

EN electronic notebook

ENG engineer (attack matrix) (TACFIRE)

engr engineer

EPW enemy prisoners of war

ERP engineer reconnaissance patrol (Threat)

ETAC enlisted terminal attack controller

EW electronic warfare

EWS electronic warfare section


FA field artillery

FAAR forward area alerting radar

FAC forward air controller (see ALO, ETAC, and AFAC)

FAIO field artillery intelligence officer

FASCAM family of scatterable mines

FAST forward area support team

fax facsimile

FCL final coordination line

FCT firepower control team

FD fire direction (radio net)

FDC fire direction center

FEBA forward edge of the battle area

FED forward entry device

FFA free-fire area

FFE fire for effect

FID foreign internal defense

FIST fire support team

FLIR forward-looking infrared

FLOT forward line of own troops

FM field manual; frequency modulated

FO forward observer

FPF final protective fire

frag fragmentary

FRAGO fragmentary order

FS fire support

FSA fire support area (Navy)

FSB forward support battalion

FSC fire support coordinator (Marine)

FSCC fire support coordination center (Marine)

FS cell fire support cell

FSCL fire support coordination line

FSCOORD fire support coordinator

FSE fire support element

FSMAA Fire Support Mission Area Analysis

FSO fire support officer

FSS fire support station (Navy)

FSSG force service support group

fwd forward


GBU glide bomb unit

GE Germany

GEMSS ground-emplaced mine-scattering system

GLO ground liaison officer

GM guided missile

GMRD guards motorized rifle division

gp group

GP general purpose

GS general support

GSR general support reinforcing

GT gun-target

G/VLLD ground/vehicular laser locator designator


H howitzer (high-payoff target list)

HC hexachloroethane

HE high explosive

HEI high explosive incendiary

HEMTT heavy expanded-mobility tactical truck

HF high frequency

HHB headquarters and headquarters battery

HMMWV high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle

HOB height of burst

how howitzer

HP high payoff

HPT high-payoff target

HQ headquarters

HTO high-technology observer

HUD head-up display

HVT high-value target

hvy heavy

hwy highway


I immediate (attack matrix)

IAW in accordance with

ICM improved conventional munitions

IEW intelligence and electronic warfare

IEWSE intelligence and electronic warfare support element

IFR instrument flight rules

IGB intergovernmental boundary

IIR imaging infrared

IHFR improved high frequency radio

illum illumination

immed immediate

inf infantry

intel intelligence

inter intercept

IP initial point

IPB intelligence preparation of the battlefield

IR infrared

ITR independent tank regiment


JAAT joint air attack team

jct junction

JTF joint task force


km kilometer

kmph kilometers per hour

KT kiloton


LANTIRN low-altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night system

LAV light armored vehicle

LC line of contact

LD line of departure

LF landing force

LDO laser designator operator

LGB laser-guided bomb

LGM laser-guided missile

LGW laser-guided weapon

LIC low-intensity conflict

LIFT type of ground transport target (attack guidance matrix)

LLLTV low-light-level television

LLLGB low-level laser-guided bomb

LMAV Laser Maverick

LO liaison officer

LOAL lock on after launch

LOC lines of communication

LOG long-burning illumination marker

LP listening post

LRRP long-range reconnaissance patrol

LST laser spot tracker

LSU logistics support unit

LT lieutenant

LTD laser target designator

LZ landing zone


M mobility (mission); mortar (high-payoff target list)

MAGTF Marine air-ground task force

maint maintenance

MAJ major

MAN maneuver (attack matrix) (TACFIRE)

MANT maintenance (attack matrix mnemonic)

MBA main battle area

MBC mortar ballistic computer

MBL mean burst location

mech mechanized

met meteorological

METT-T mission, enemy, terrain and weather, and troops and time available

MHz megahertz

MI military intelligence

min minute

MLRS multiple launch rocket system

mm millimeter

MMO maintenance management officer

MMS mast-mounted sight

MOI message of interest

MOPP mission-oriented protective posture

mort mortar

MOUT military operations on urban terrain

MP military police

mph miles per hour

MPI mean point of impact

MR motorized rifle (Soviet)

MRD motorized rifle division (Soviet)

MRL multiple rocket launcher

MRR motorized rifle regiment (Soviet)

MRR/TR motorized rifle regiment/tank regiment

MSD minimum safe distance

MSE mobile subscriber equipment

MSL mean sea level

MSR main supply route

MTB motor transport battalion (Soviet)

MTO message to observer

MTOE modification tables of organization and equipment

mtr motor

MTR motor transport regiment (Soviet)

MULE modular universal laser equipment

mvr maneuver


N neutralize (attack guidance matrix)

NA not applicable

NAI named area of interest

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NBC nuclear, biological, chemical

N/CH nuclear and/or chemical (attack guidance matrix)

NCS net control station

NCO noncommissioned officer

NFA no-fire area

NGF naval gunfire

NGLO naval gunfire liaison officer

NGO naval gunfire officer

NICAD nickel-cadmium

NOD night observation device

NOS night observation system

NUKE nuclear (spread sheet)

NVD night vision device

NVG night vision goggles


O& I operations and intelligence

obj objective

obs observation

OCAKA observation, cover and concealment, obstacles, key terrain, and avenues of approach

off offense

OGE out-of-ground effect

O/O on order

OP observation post

OPCON operational control

OPLAN operation plan

OPORD operation order

OPSEC operations security

ops/F operations/fire (radio net)

ORPD independent missile transport battalion (Soviet)

OT observer-target


P plan (attack guidance matrix)

PADS position and azimuth determining system

PD point detonating

PFC private first class

PIR priority intelligence requirements

PL phase line

plt platoon

PMP heavy folding pontoon (Soviet bridge type)

PNL prescribed nuclear load

POF priority of fire

POL petroleum, oil and lubricants

pos position

POW prisoner of war

POZ mobile obstacle detachment (Soviet)

PP passage point

prep preparation

PRF pulse repetition frequency

PRI TGT priority target

PRTB mobile repair tactical base (rocket and missile) (Soviet)

PSNR-1 battlefield surveillance radar (Soviet)

PUP pull-up point

PZ pickup zone


QSTAG quadripartite standardization agreement


R reinforcing

RAAMS remote antiarmor mine system

RAG regimental artillery group (Soviet)

RAP rocket-assisted projectile

RAOC rear area operations center

RATELO radiotelephone operator

RATT radio teletypewriter

RDO radio deployment order

rd/min rounds per minute

REC radio electronic combat

recon reconnaissance

regt regiment

REMS remotely employed sensor

RES radiation exposure state

retrans retransmission

RFA restricted fire area

RFL restrictive fire line

RP release point

R/R radio/radar

RSO reconnaissance and survey officer

RSR required supply rate

RSTA reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition

RT receiver-transmitter


S survivability (engineer mission); suppress (attack guidance matrix)

SACC supporting arms coordination center

SAL special ammunition load

SALT supporting arms liaison team

SAM surface-to-air missile

SASP special ammunition supply point

SEAD suppression of enemy air defenses

sec second; section

sep separate

SFC sergeant first class

SFCP shore fire control party

SHELREP shelling report

SHP shaft horsepower

SIGINT signal intelligence

SINCGARS single-channel ground-airborne radio system

SITREP situation report

SOI signal operation instructions

SOP standing operating procedure

SP self-propelled, start point

SPC specialist

SPLL self-propelled launcher-loader

spt support

SSB single sideband

SSG staff sergeant

SSM surface-to-surface missile

STANAG NATO standardization agreement

std standard

STRIKEWARN nuclear strike warning

subs subsequent

survl surveillance


TA target acquisition

tac tactical

TAC-A tactical air controller-airborne

TACAIR tactical air

TACAN tactical air navigation

TACC tactical air control center

TACCS tactical air command and control specialist

TACFIRE tactical fire direction system

TACP tactical air control party

TACS tactical air control system

TADS target acquisition system and designation sight

TAI target area of interest

TA/intel target acquisition/intelligence (radio net)

TASC Training Aids Support Center

TBP to be published

TDA target damage assessment

TF task force

TFW tactical fighter wing

tgt target

ti time

TIS thermal image system

TISL target identifier set, laser

TLE target location error

tm team

TMT total mission time

TOC tactical operations center

TOE tables of organization and equipment

TOF time of flight

TOT time on target

TOW tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile

TPT total processing time

TR tank regiment (Soviet)

TRAM target recognition attack multisensors

trans transport

TRP target reference point

TS time sensitive

TSOP tactical standing operating procedure

TTC tactical operations center team chief (attack matrix)

TV television

TVA target value analysis


UAV unmanned aerial vehicle

UHF ultrahigh frequency

UK United Kingdom

US United States

USAF United States Air Force

USAFAS US Army Field Artillery School

USMC United States Marine Corps


UTM universal transverse mercator


(V) voice (radio net)

VBK German home defense unit

VE velocity error

VFMED variable format message entry device

VHF very high frequency

vic vicinity

VT variable time


WBK German home defense unit

WOC wing operations center

WP white phosphorus

WWII World War II


ZF zone of fire

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