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Important Abbreviations

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Old February 5th, 2009   #1
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Important Abbreviations

ABM Anti-Ballistic Missile
AMRAAM Advance Medium Range Air to Air Missile
ACDA Arms Control & Disarmament Agency
ACRS Arms Control & Regional Security
AEC Atomic Energy Corporation
AEW&C Airborne Early Warning & Control (formerly AWACS: Airborne Warning & Control System)
ALCM Air Launched Cruise Missile
ANC African National Congress
ANWFZ African Weapons Free Zone
ASM Anti Ship Missile
ASMP Air-Sol Moyenne Portee Missile
ASROC Anti Submarine Rocket
BARC Bhabha Atomic Research Center
BRAC Base Realignment and Closure [US]
BVR Beyond Visual Range
BVRAAM Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile
BWC Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention
BMD Ballistic Missile Defence
C2 Command and Control
C4I2SR Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Information, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
CAEP Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics
CANDU Canadian Deuterium-Uranium Reactor
CBM Confidence Building Measures
CBW Chemical & Biological Weapons
CD Conference on Disarmament
CEC Cooperative Engagement Capability
CG Cruiser, Guided Missile
CHEN Commissao Nacional De Energia Nuclear
CIRP China Institute for Rediation Protection
CNEA National Atomic Energy Commission (Argentina)
CSCE Conference on Security & Cooperation in Europe
CTBT Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
CTBTO Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization
CTR Cooperative Thread Reduction Program
CIWS Close In Weapons System
CWC Chemical Weapons Convention
CWS Chemical Weapons Service
DDG Destroyer, Guided Missile
DIA Defence Intelligence Agency
DRDO Defence Research & Development Organization (India)
EDP Especially Designed or Prepared
EIF Entery Into force
EMIS ElectroMagnatic Isotope Separation
EPCI Enriched Proliferation Control Initiative
FBTR Fast-Breeder Test Reacter
FF Fast Frigate
FFG Fast Frigate, Guided Missile
FMCT Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty
GLCM Ground Launched Cruise Missile
HEU Highly Enriched Uranium
HIT Heavy Industries Texila (Pakistan)
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
ICBM Intercontinental Ballestic Missile
IRBM Intermediate Range Ballestic Missile
IND Improvised Nuclear Device
JETDS Joint Electronics Designation System (US)
KRL Kahurta/Khan Research Labs.
LACM Land Attack Cruise Missile
LEU Low Enriched Uranium
LWR Light Water Reacter
MCAD Man-Portable Chemical Agent Detecter
MINATOM Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy
MIRV Multiple Independently Targeted Reentery Vehicle
MOD Ministry of Defence
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MRBM Medium Range Ballestic Missile
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCA National Command Authority (Pakistan's Nuclear Command & Control)
NDC National Defence Complex (Pakistan - part of NESCOM)
NESCOM National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Pakistan)
NFU No First Use
NIE National Intelligence Estimate
NIS Newly Independent States
NPT Nuclear Proliferation Treaty
NSG Nuclear suppliers Group
NWFZ Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
PAC Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
PAEC Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
PNEs Peaceful Nuclear Explosions
POF Pakistan Ordinance Factory
PSLV Polar Space Launched Vehicle
RDD Radiological Dispersal Device (Dirty Bomb)
SDI Strategic Defence Initiative
SDR Strategic Defence Review
SLBM Submarine Launched Ballestic Missile
SLV Space Launced Vehicle
SPD Strategic Plans Division (Secretariat of Pakistan's National Command Authority)
SRAM Short Range Attack Missile
SRBM Short Range Ballestic Missile
SSBN Nuclear Ballestic Missile Submarine
SSN Nuclear-Fueled Submarine
START Strategic Arms Reduction Talk
TBMD Theater Ballistic Missile Defense
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UCAV Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
UNMOVIC United Nations Monitering, Verification & Inspection Commission UNSC United Nations Security Council
UNSCOM United Nations Special Commission
USAMRIID United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
VX V Agent
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WVR Within Visual Range

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Here is how you figure out the US Army/Navy code designations.

http://www.milspec.ca/radcodes/ancodes.html

So if you wanted to break down AN/SPY-1D(V)4:

AN/ indicates it uses the JETDS.
S: where it is installed (surface ships).
P: Type of equipment (radar).
Y: Purpose of the equipment (surveillance and control).
1: Is the model number.
D: Is the modification letter.
(V)4: Is the 4th variant of the SPY-1D family.
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A few other important ones: ATGM, C3, C4ISTAR, AWACS, AEW&C.......
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A few other important ones: ATGM, C3, C4ISTAR, AWACS, AEW&C.......
Should give their full forms too.

I am wondering if the abbreviations should be categorized? I.e. Weapons, Organizations etc ...
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That would probably help. Considering just how many we are ending up with. In some cases I would even recommend adding a short description or explanation if the term isn't self-defining.
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