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Military Power of the People's Republic of China

Glossary of Acronyms

AEW&C: Airborne Early Warning and Control
ARM: Anti-Radiation Missile
ASAT: Anti-Satellite
ASBM: Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile
ASCM: Anti-Ship Cruise Missile
ASM: Air-to-Surface Missile
C4ISR: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
CAD/CAM: Computer-Assisted Design/ Manufacturing
CCP: Chinese Communist Party
CMC: Central Military Commission
CNA: Computer Network Attack
CND: Computer Network Defense
CNE: Computer Network Exploitation
CNO: Computer Network Operations
CNP: Comprehensive National Power
DDG: Guided Missile Destroyers
EEZ: Exclusive Economic Zone
EMP: Electro-Magnetic Pulse
FFG: Guided-Missile Frigate
GAD: General Armament Department
GDP: Gross Domestic Product
GSD: General Staff Department
ICBM: Intercontinental-Range Ballistic Missile
ICE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
IMF: International Monetary Fund
IOC: Initial Operational Capability
IRBM: Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile
LACM: Land Attack Cruise Missile
MaRV: Maneuvering Re-entry Vehicle
MINURSO: UN Mission on Referendum in Western Sahara
MIRV: Multiple Independently Targeted Re-entry Vehicle
MND: Ministry of National Defense
MR: Military Region
MRBM: Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
MRL: Multiple Rocket Launcher
NCO: Non-Commissioned Officer
OECD: Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development
OMTE: Outline for Military Training and Evaluation
OTH: Over-the-Horizon
PAP: People’s Armed Police
PBSC: Politburo Standing Committee
PLA: People’s Liberation Army
PLAAF: People’s Liberation Army Air Force
PRC: People’s Republic of China
SAM: Surface-to-Air Missile
SESS: Space Event Support Ship
SCO: Shanghai Cooperation Organization
SLBM: Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
SS: Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine
SRBM: Short-Range Ballistic Missile
SSBN: Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine
SSN: Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine
UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UCAV: Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle

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