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Important Abbreviations

Discussion in 'Geostrategic Issues' started by SABRE, Feb 5, 2009.

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  1. SABRE

    SABRE Super Moderator Verified Defense Pro

    Feb 28, 2004
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    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

    If anyone wants to add abbreviations please 'pm' me or some other mod so we can update the list.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
  2. AegisFC

    AegisFC Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

    Aug 7, 2006
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    Here is how you figure out the US Army/Navy code designations.


    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.
  3. Feanor

    Feanor Super Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2008
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    Under your bed. No seriously, take a look.
    A few other important ones: ATGM, C3, C4ISTAR, AWACS, AEW&C.......
  4. SABRE

    SABRE Super Moderator Verified Defense Pro

    Feb 28, 2004
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    Should give their full forms too.

    I am wondering if the abbreviations should be categorized? I.e. Weapons, Organizations etc ...
  5. Feanor

    Feanor Super Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2008
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    Under your bed. No seriously, take a look.
    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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