A2/AD anti-access/area-denial
AAMDS Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System
AAV Amphibious Assault Vehicle
ABM Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
ACF Army contingency force
ACV Amphibious Combat Vehicle
ADIZ Air Defense Identification Zone
AEHF Advanced Extremely High Frequency (satellite system)
AEW airborne early warning
AFAFRICA U.S. Air Forces Africa
AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines
AFRICOM U.S. Africa Command
AFSOC U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
AIP Air Independent Propulsion
AIT American Institute in Taiwan
AMDR Air and Missile Defense Radar
AMPV Armored Multipurpose Vehicle
ANSF Afghan National Security Forces
AN/TPY-2 Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance
ANZUS Australia–New Zealand–U.S. Security Treaty
AUSMIN Australia–United States Ministerial
AOR area of responsibility
APC armored personnel carrier
APS Army Prepositioned Stocks
AQAP Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
AQI Al-Qaeda in Iraq
AQIM Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
ARG amphibious ready group
ASBM Anti-ship ballistic missile
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASW anti-submarine warfare
ASUW anti-surface warfare
AW air warfare
BBA Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
BCA Budget Control Act of 2011
BCT brigade combat team
BDCA border defense cooperation agreement
BJP Bharatiya Janata Party
BMD ballistic missile defense
BUR Bottom-Up Review
BVR beyond visual recognition
C2 command and control
C4ISR command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
CA civil affairs
CAB combat aviation brigade
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CCT Combat Controller
CELAC Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
CENTCOM U.S. Central Command
CFC Combined Forces Command (South Korea–U.S.)
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
CJTF-HOA Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa
CLF Combat Logistics Force
CMRR Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement
CMT combat mission team
COCOM Combatant Command
CONUS continental United States
CPMIEC China Precision Machinery Import–Export Corporation
CPT Cyber Protection Team
CSF coalition support funds
CSG carrier strike group
CSO Critical Skills Operator
CT counterterrorism
CTC Combat Training Centers
CTF Combined Task Force
CTIC Counter Terrorism Information Center
CVN Aircraft Carriers
CVW carrier air wing
CW chemical warfare
CYBERCOM U.S. Cyber Command
D2D deployment-to-dwell
DA-KKV direct-ascent kinetic-kill vehicle
DDPR Deterrence and Defense Posture Review
DIME diplomatic, informational, military, and economic
DMZ demilitarized zone
DNI Director of National Intelligence
DOD U.S. Department of Defense
DOE U.S. Department of Energy
DOS denial of service
DDOS distributed denial of service
DPRK Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
DTTI Defense Trade and Technology Initiative
DSG Defense Strategic Guidance
DSR Defense Strategic Review
EAS European Activity Set
EBO effects-based operations
ECP engineering change proposal
EDCA Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
EEZ exclusive economic zone
EFV Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
EOD explosive ordinance disposal
EMD engineering and manufacturing development
EMP electromagnetic pulse
ERI European Reassurance Initiative
ESG Expeditionary Strike Group
EUCOM U.S. European Command
EW electronic warfare
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas
FCS Future Combat Systems
FOC full operational capability
FONOPS freedom of navigation exercises
FTA free trade agreement
GAO Government Accountability Office (formerly General Accounting Office)
GATOR Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar
GCC geographic combatant commander
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
GCV Ground Combat Vehicle
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GFMAP Global Force Management Allocation Plan
GEO geosynchronous orbit
GPF general purpose forces
GPS Global Positioning System
HA/DR humanitarian assistance/disaster relief
HEO highly elliptical orbit
HMMWV High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (“HUMVEE”)
HVE homegrown violent extremist
ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile
ICS industrial control systems
IDF Israel Defense Forces
IED Improvised Explosive Device
IFV infantry fighting vehicle
IMF International Monetary Fund
INEW Integrated Network Electronic Warfare
INF Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (treaty)
IOC initial operating capability
IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
ISAF International Security Assistance Force
ISIL Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
ISIS Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
ISR intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
JOAC Joint Operational Access Concept
JeM Jaish-e-Mohammed
JP joint publication
JSF Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightning II)
JSOC Joint Special Operations Command
JSTAR Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System
JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
JTF North Joint Task Force North
JuD Jamaat-ud-Dawa
KATUSA Korean Augmentees to the United States Army
LAC Line of Actual Control
LAF Lebanese Armed Forces
LAV Light Armored Vehicle
LCAC Landing Craft Air Cushion Vehicle
LCS Littoral Combat Ship
LeT Lashkar-e-Taiba
LHA landing helicopter assault (amphibious ship)
LHD landing helicopter dock (amphibious ship)
LNG liquefied natural gas
LoC Line of Control
LPD landing platform/dock or amphibious transport dock (amphibious ship)
LRA Lord’s Resistance Army
LRS-B Long-Range Strike Bomber
LRIP Low-Rate Initial Production
LSD landing ship, dock (amphibious ship)
MAGTF Marine Air-Ground Task Force
MANPADS man-portable air-defense systems
MARCENT U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command
MARFORAF U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa
MARFOREUR U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa
MARFORPAC U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
MARSOC U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command
MCM mine countermeasure (ship)
MCO major combat operation (see MRC, MTW)
MCMV mine countermeasure vessel (ship)
MDAP Major Defense Acquisition Program
MEB Marine Expeditionary Brigade
MEF Marine Expeditionary Force
MISO Military Information Special Operations
MNLA National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad
MNLF Moro National Liberation Front
MNNA major non-NATO ally
MOJWA Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa
MPC Marine Personnel Carrier
MPS Maritime Prepositioning Ships
MRC major regional conflict (see MTW, MCO)
MRAP Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (vehicle)
MRBM medium-range ballistic missile
MRF Marine Rotational Force
MTW major theater war (see MCO, MRC)
NAP National Action Plan
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVAF U.S. Naval Forces Africa
NAVEUR U.S. Naval Forces Europe
NDN Northern Distribution Network
NDAA National Defense Authorization Act
NDP National Defense Panel
New START New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
NNSA National Nuclear Security Administration
NPR Nuclear Posture Review
NPRIS Nuclear Posture Review Implementation Study
NSC National Security Council
NSR Northern Sea Route
NSWC Naval Special Warfare Command
OAS Organization of American States
OCO overseas contingency operations
OEF Operation Enduring Freedom
OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom
O-FRP Optimized Fleet Response Plan
ONA Office of Net Assessment
ONE Operation Noble Eagle
OPCON operational control
OPLAN operational plan
OPTEMPO operational tempo
OSCE Organization for Security and Co-operation In Europe
PACAF U.S. Pacific Air Forces
PACFLT U.S. Pacific Fleet
PACOM U.S. Pacific Command
PAF Philippine Air Force
PDD-15 Presidential Decision Directive-15
PIM Paladin Integrated Management
PLFP Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
PLFP-GC Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command
PKO peacekeeping operation
PLA People’s Liberation Army
PLAAF People’s Liberation Army Air Force
PLAN People’s Liberation Army Navy
PLO Palestine Liberation Organization
PNI Presidential Nuclear Initiative
PNT positioning, navigation, and timing
PRC People’s Republic of China
PRT Provisional Reconstruction Team
PSA Port of Singapore Authority
PSF Peninsula Shield Force
QDR Quadrennial Defense Review
QNSTR Quadrennial National Security Threats and Trends
RAF Royal Air Force
RBA Ready Basic Aircraft
RCOH refueling and complex overhaul (nuclear-powered ship)
RDJTF Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force
RFP Request for Proposals
RMA revolution In military affairs
ROK Republic of Korea (South Korea)
RP Republic of the Philippines
SAARC South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation
SAM surface-to-air missile
SAR search and rescue
SBIRS Space-Based Infrared System (satellite system)
SCN Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy (budget category)
SEAL Sea Air Land operator (Navy)
SEATO Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
SFA Strategic Framework Agreement
SIGINT signals intelligence
SLBM submarine-launched ballistic missile
SMU special mission unit
SOCAFRICA U.S. Special Operations Command Africa
SOCCENT U.S. Special Operations Command Central
SOCEUR U.S. Special Operations Command Europe
SOCPAC U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific
SOF U.S. Special Operations Forces
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SORT Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty
SOTFE Support Operations Task Force Europe
SPE Sony Pictures Entertainment
SPMAGTF Special-Purpose Marine Air–Ground Task Force–Crisis Response–Africa
SRBM short-range ballistic missile
SSBN ballistic missile submarine, nuclear-powered
SSGN guided missile submarine, nuclear-powered
SSN attack submarine, nuclear-powered
SSP Stockpile Stewardship Program
STRATCOM U.S. Strategic Command
SUW surface warfare
TACAIR tactical air
TAI total active inventory
TANAP Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline
TAP Trans-Adriatic Pipeline
TCO transnational criminal organization
TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership
TTP Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
TLAM/N Tomahawk Land Attack Missile/Nuclear
TMP technical modernization program
TNW tactical nuclear weapon
TRA Taiwan Relations Act
TRANSCOM U.S. Transportation Command
TSOC Theater Special Operations Command
UAV unmanned aerial vehicle
UAE United Arab Emirates
UCLASS Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike
UNASUR Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Union of South American Nations)
UNC United Nations Council
USAF U.S. Air Force
USAFCENT U.S. Air Forces Central
USAFE U.S. Air Forces Europe
USARAF U.S. Army Africa
USARCENT U.S. Army Central
USARPAC U.S. Army Pacific
USAREUR U.S. Army Europe
USASOC U.S. Army Special Operations Command
USFJ U.S. Forces Japan
USFK U.S. Forces Korea
USNAVCENT U.S. Naval Forces Central
USNORTHCOM U.S. Northern Command
USSOCOM U.S. Special Operations Command
USSOUTHCOM U.S. Southern Command
USW undersea warfare
VEO violent extremist organizations
VLS vertical launching system
WGS Wideband Global SATCOM (satellite system)
WMD weapons of mass destruction
WRM wartime readiness materials
WWTA Worldwide Threat Assessment