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A as required (attack guidance matrix)

AA assembly area

AAA antiaircraft artillery

AATF air assault task force

AATM air assault team

ABCA Australia, Britain, Canada, America

ABCCC airborne command and control center

ABP air battle position

A/C aircraft

ACA airspace coordination area

ACC area control center

ACE Allied Command Europe

ACRV artillery command and reconnaissance vehicle

AD air defense

ADA air defense (attack guidance matrix)

ADAM area denial artillery munition

admin administration

ADO air defense officer

AF azimuth of fire

AFAC airborne forward air controller

AFSO aerial fire support observer

AGM air-ground missile

AHLO attack helicopter liaison officer

AI air interdiction

ALD airborne laser designator

ALO air liaison officer

alt alternate

AM amplitude modulated

AMC air mission commander

AMF (L) ACE Mobile Force (Land)

ammo ammunition

ANGLICO air and naval gunfire liaison company

anx annex

AO area of operations

AP antipersonnel

APC armored personnel carrier

APERS antipersonnel

ARBS angle rate bombing system

ARFOR Army forces

ARPD army missile transport battalion (Soviet)

arty artillery

AS Australia, azimuth of search

ASOC air support operations center

ASP ammunition supply point

ASPS all-source production section

ASSLT assault

AT antitank

ATF amphibious task force

ATGM antitank guided missile

atk attack

ATO air tasking order

ATP ammunition transfer point


BAE brigade aviation element

BAI battlefield air interdiction

BCE battlefield control element

BCS battery computer system

BDA bomb damage assessment

bde brigade

BECS battlefield electronic CEOI system

BGU basic generation unit

BLT battalion landing team

BMA battery-minefield angle

BMNT beginning of morning nautical twilight

bn battalion

BOS battlefield operating system

BP battle position

BSA brigade support area

BSO battalion signal officer

BSSG brigade service support group (USMC)

btry battery


C2 command and control

C3 command, control, and communications

C3I command, control, communications, and intelligence

CA Canada

CAN control aviation net

CAS close air support

CATF commander amphibious task force

CCP communications checkpoint

CCSS critical combat service support

CCT combat control team

cdr commander

CEOI communications-electronics operation instructions

CEWI combat electronic warfare intelligence

CFFZ call-for-fire zone

CFL coordinated fire line

CFZ critical friendly zone

CGI control group intercept

CHEMWARN chemical warning

civ civilian

CLF commander landing force

CLGP cannon-launched guided projectile

cmd/ops command/operations (radio net)

cml chemical

CMO civil military operations

co company

COLT combat observation/lasing team

comm communication

COMSEC communications security

COP command observation post (Soviet)

CP command post

CPT captain

CRTA chief of rocket troop and artillery (Soviet)

CS combat support

C/S call sign

CSR controlled supply rate

CSS combat service support

CSSE combat service support element


D destroy (attack guidance matrix)

(D) digital (radio net)

DA density altitude

DAG division artillery group (Soviet)

DARM-4 mobile artillery repair shop complex (type) (Soviet)

DASC direct air support center

DD destroyer

DDG guided missile destroyer

def defense

DF direction finding

div division

div arty division artillery

DLIC detachmnet 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

EENT end of evening nautical twilight

EN electronic notebook

ENG engineer (in TACFIRE)

engr engineer

ERP engineer reconnaissance patrol

ETAC enlisted terminal attack controller

EW electronic warfare


FA field artillery

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

FAIO field artillery intelligence officer

FARP forward area rearm/refuel point

FASCAM family of scatterable mines

FAST forward area support team

FCT firepower control team

FD fire direction (radio net)

FDC fire direction center

FDMD FIST digital message device

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

flt lead flight leader

FM frequency modulated

FO forward observer

FPF final protective fire

FRAGO fragmentary order

freq frequency

FS fire support

FSA fire suppport area (Navy)

FS cell fire support cell

FSC fire support coordinator (Marine)

FSCC fire support coordination center (USMC)

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

GCE ground combat element

GEMSS ground emplaced mine scattering system

GLO ground liaison officer

GM guided missile

GP general purpose

gp group

GS general support

GSR ground surveillance radar, general support reinforcing

GT gun-target

G/VLLD ground/vehicular laser locator designator


HAHO high-altitude, high opening

HALO high-altitude, low-opening

HC hexachloroethane

HE high explosive

hel helicopter

HEP-T high explosive plastic--tracer

HF high frequency

HHB headquarters and headquarters battery

HMMWV high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle

how howitzer

HP high payoff

HPT high-payoff target

HQ headquarters

HUD head-up display

HVT high-value target

hvy heavy


I immediate (attack guidance matrix)

IAW in accordance with

ICM improved conventional munitions

IEW intelligence and electronic warfare

IEWSE intelligence and electronic warfare support element

IFF identification, friend or foe

illum illumination

inf infantry

inter intercept

IP initial point

IPB intelligence preparation of the battlefield

IR infrared


JAAT joint air attack team

JTF joint task force


kmph kilometers per hour


LANTIRN low-altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night system

LC line of contact

LD line of departure

LDO laser designator operator

LF landing force

LGB laser-guided bomb

LGM laser-guided missile

LGW laser-guided weapon

LIC low-intensity conflict

LID light infantry division

LIFT general transportation (attack guidance matrix)

LLLGB low-level laser-guided bomb

LLLTV low-light-level television

LMAV Laser Maverick

LO liaison officer

LOA limit of advance

LOC lines of communication

LOG long-burning illumination marker

log logistics

LP listening post

LST laser spot tracker

LSU logistics support unit

LT lieutenant

LTD laser target designator

LZ landing zone


MAGTF Marine air-ground task force

maint maintenance

MAJ major

MAN maneuver (in TACFIRE)

max maximum

MBA main battle area

MEB Marine expeditionary brigade

MEF Marine expeditionary force

met meteorological

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

MEU Marine expeditionary unit

MG machine gun

MI military intelligence

min minute

MLRS multiple launch rocket system

mm millimeter

MMO maintenance management officer

MMS mast-mounted sight

MOPP mission-oriented protective posture

mort mortar

MOUT military operations on urban terrain

MP military police

mph miles per hour

MR motorized rifle (Soviet)

MRL multiple rocket launcher

MRR/TR motorized rifle regiment/tank regiment (Soviet)

MSE mobile subscriber equipment

MSL mean sea level

MSSG Marine expeditionary unit service support group

MTB motor transport battalion

MTOE modification tables of organization and equipment

mtr motor

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

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

O/C on call

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

off offense

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)


P plan (attack guidance matrix)

PA pressure altitude

PADS position and azimuth determining system

PD point detonating

PF Pathfinder

PFC private first class

PIR priority intelligence requirements

PL phase line

plt platoon

PMP heavy folding pontoon (Soviet bridge type)

POF priority of fire

POL petroleum, oil and lubricants

pos position

POW prisoner of war

POZ mobile obstacle detachment (Soviet)

PP passage point

PRF pulse repetition frequency

PRI TGT priority target

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

PSNR-1 battlefield surveillance radar (Soviet)

PZ pickup zone


QSTAG quadripartite standardization agreement


R reinforcing

RAAMS remote antiarmor mine system

RAG regimental army group (Soviet)

RAP rocket-assisted projectile

RATELO radiotelephone operator

RATT radio teletypewriter

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

ROE rules of engagement

RLT regimental landing team

RP release point

R/R radio/radar

RSO reconnaissance and survey officer

RSR required supply rate

RSTA reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition


S Stinger; suppress (attack guidance matrix)

SACC supporting arms coordination center

SALT supporting arms liaison team

SAM surface-to-air-missile

SASP special ammunition supply point

SEAD suppression of enemy air defenses

SFC sergeant first class

SFCP shore fire control party

SHELREP shelling report

SIGINT signal intelligence

SINCGARS single-channel ground-airborne radio system

SITREP situation report

SOI signal operation instruction

SOP standing operating procedure

SP start point, self-propelled

SPC specialist

spt support

SSB single sideband

SSD safe separation distance

SSG staff sergeant

SSM surface-to-surface missile

STANAG NATO standardization agreement

STRIKEWARN nuclear strike warning

survl surveillance


TA target acquisiton

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

TACSAT tactical satellite

TADS target acquisition system and designation sight

TAI target area of interest

TASC Training Aids Support Center

TBP to be published

TDA target damage assessment

temp temperature

TF task force

TFW tactical fighter wing

tgt target

TISL target identifier set, laser

tm team

TOC tactical operations center

TOE tables of organization and equipment

TOT time on target

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

TR tank regiment (Soviet)

TRAM target recognition attack multisensors

trans transport

TRP target reference point

TS time-sensitive

TSOP tactical SOP

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 United States Army Field Artillery School

USMC United States Marine Corps

USN United States Navy

UTM universal transverse mercator


(V) voice (radio net)

VHF very high frequency

VSTOL vertical short takeoff and landing

VT variable time


WOC wing operations center

WP white phosphorus

WWII World War II

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