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A/C Aircraft
AAA Anti-Aircraft Artillery
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAC Air Armament Center
AAD Active Airborne Denial
AALC Autonomous Approach Landing Capability
AAM Air to Air Missile
AAR Automated Aerial Refueling
AAR Air to Air Refueling
AAVP Advanced Aircrew Vision Protection
AAW Active Aeroelastic Wing
ABDR Aircraft Battle Damage Repair
ABL Airborne Laser
ABLE ACE Airborne Laser Extended Atmospheric Characterization Experiment
ABLEX Airborne Laser Experiment
ABO Annular Beam Oscillator
ABR Aero-Ballistic Rocket
ACAS Aircraft Collision Avoidance System
ACAS Automated Collision Avoidance System
ACC Air Combat Command
ACC American Control Conference
ACCINTNET ACC Intelligence Network
AceTR Air core enhanced Turbo Rocket
ACL Autonomous Control Level
ACM Artificial Compression Method
ACM Air Combat Maneuvering
ACS Aerospace Medicine Consultation Service
ACTD Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration
ACTIVE Advanced Controls Technology for Integrated Vehicles
ADC Analog to Digital Converter
ADM Advanced Development Model
ADONIS AMOS Daytime Optical Near-Infrared Imaging System
ADS Advanced Distributed Simulation
ADT Active Denial Technology
AEA Airborne Electronic Attack
AEDC Arnold Engineering Development Center (Tullahoma)
AEF Aerospace Engineering Facility
AEOS Advanced Electro-Optical System
AETC Air Education and Training Command
AEW Airborne Early Warning
AF Air Force
AF/XOR Air Force/ Executive Order
AFAE Air Force Acquisition Executive
AFB Air Force Base
AFC Active Flow Control
AFCEE Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence
AFCS Automatic Flight Control System
AFD Approximate Fair Dropping
AFEWES Air Force Electronic Warfare Effectiveness Simulator
AFGIHS Air Force Geographic Information Handling System
AFIT Air Force Institute of Technology
AFMC Air Force Materiel Command
AFMSS Air Force Mission Support System
AFOSR Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFRES Air Force Reserves
AFRL Air Force Research Laboratory
AFSAA Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency
AFSFC Air Force Space Forcasting Center
AFSOC Air Force Special Operations Command
AFSPC Air Force Space Command
AFTAC Air Force Technical Applications Center
AFV Alterante Fuel Vehicle
AG&C Advanced Guidance and Control
AGARD Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development
AGC Automatic Gain Control
AGE Aerospace Ground Equipment
AGL Above Ground Level
AGL Air to Ground Laser
AGM Air to Ground Missile
AGRF Advanced Guidance Research Facility
AHDL Analog Hardware Descriptive Language
AI Artificial Intelligence
AIA Air Intelligence Agency
AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
AIM Air Intercept Missile
AIP Aerodynamic Interface Plane
AIRST Advanced Infrared Search and Track
AIT Active Imaging Testbed
AJ Anti-Jam
AL Armstrong Lab
ALARM Air-Launched Anti-Radiation Missile
ALC Air Logistics Center
ALCM Air Launched Cruise Missile
ALG Autonomous Landing Guidance
ALH Advanced Liquid Hydrogen
AMC Air Mobility Command
AMDRFM Advanced Monolithic Digital Radio Frequency Memory
AMFABS Advanced Maintenance Free Aircraft Battery System
AMI Airborne Measurement Instrument
AMLCD Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display
AMOS Air Force Maui Optical Station
AMRAAM Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile
AMTI Air Moving Target Indicator
ANG Air National Guard
AOA Analysis of Alternatives (formerly: COEA)
AOA Angle of Attack
AOARD Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development
AOIB All-Optical Imaging Brassboard
API Airframe Propulsion Integration
API Application Process Integration
APS American Physical Society
APSI Aircraft Propulsion Subsystem Integration (JTDE & JETEC)
APT Advanced Personnel Testing
APU Auxiliary Power Unit
AQM Asynchronous Queue Management
ARA Applied Research Associates, Inc.
ARES Affordable Responsive Spacelift
ARGOS Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite
ARM Anti-radiation Missile
ARSFSS Advanced Reduced Scale Fuel System Simulator
ASAN Assessment System for Aircraft Noise
ASAS Advanced Solid Axial Stage
ASAT Antisatellite
ASC Aeronautical Systems Center
ASC Advanced Structural Components
ASC/RA Aeronautical System Center/ Reconnaissance Aircraft System Group
ASIP Airframe Structural Integrity Program
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASP Aircraft Self-Protection
ASRAAM Advanced Short-Range Air to Air Missile
ASSET Aerothermodynamics/Elastic Strucural Systems Environmental Tests
ASTAT Affordable Sensor Technology for Aerial Targeting
ASTREX Advanced Space Structures Technology Research Experiment
AT&L Acquisition Technology and Logistics
ATACMS Army Tactical Missile System
ATAF Allied Tactical Air Forces
ATAGS Advanced Technology Anti-G Suit
ATARR Advanced Turbine Aerothermal Research Rig
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATD Advanced Technology Demonstration
ATEGG Advanced Turbine Engine Gas Generator
ATF Advanced Tactical Fighter
ATIRCM Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures
ATL Atlanta, GA, USA
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode
ATR Air Turbo Rocket
ATR Automatic Target Recognition
ATRI Advanced Thermionics Research Initiative
ATS Automatic Test System
ATTD Advanced Technology Transition Demonstration
AVBATTS Aviation Battery Standardization
AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System

BA Budget Authority
BAA Broad Agency Announcement
BAC Budget Activity Code
BAe British Aerospace
BAI Battle Area Interdiction
BDA Battle Damage Assessment
BDU Bomb, Dummy Unit
BEA Budget Estimate Agreement
BES Budget Estimate Submission
BFF Body Freedom Flutter
BGK Bhatnagar Gross Krook
BGV Boost Glide Vehicle
BiFET Bipolar Field Effect Transistor
BIPS Billion Instruction Per Second
BIST Built-in-Self-Test
BIT Built in Test
BL Boundary layer
BLADE-GT Blade Life Analysis and Design Evaluation for Gas Turbines
BLING Bladed ring
BLISK Bladed disk
BLM Boundary-Layer Model
BLU Bomb, Live Unit
BMC3I Battle Management C3I
BMC4ISR Battle Mangement C4I Surveillance and Reconnaissance
BMDO Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
BMT Ballistic Missile Technology
BPAC Budget Program Activity Code
BPR Bypass Ratio
BVR Beyond Visual Range

C/No Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Carrier-to-Noise Ratio)
C2 Command and Control
C2W Command and Control Warfare
C3 Command, Control, and Communications
C3I Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence
C4 Command, Control, Communication, and Computers
C4ISR Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
CA Cooperative Agreement
CA Counter Air
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAE Computer Aided Engineering
CAI Composites Affordability Initiative
CALCM Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile
CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
CAMIS Computer Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery
CAO Cooperative Airspace Operations
CAP Combat Air Patrol
CARL Compressor Aero Research Laboratory
CAS Close Air Support
CASE Computer Aided Software Engineering
CATT Computer Assisted Technolgy Transfer
CAV Common Aero Vehicle
CCCS Collaborative Center of Control Science
CCD Combat Capability Document
CCD Charged Couple Device
CCIP Continuously-Computed Impact Point
CCM Counter-Countermeasure
CCRP Continuosly-Computed Release Point
CCS Charge Control System
CCW Circulation Control Wing
CCW Command and Control Warfare
CDFS Core Driven Fan Stage
CDMA Code Division Muliple Access
CDR Concept Design Review
CEP Circular Error Probability
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research
CF Cross Flow
CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
CFIPT Customer Focused Integrated Product Team
CFIT Controlled Flight into Terrain
CFRP Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic
CFTI Capability Focus Technology Investment
CG Center of Gravity
C-HFET Complementary Heterostructure Field Effect Transistor
CI/LI Corrosion Inhibitor/Lubricity Improver (MIL-I-25017)
CICA Competition in Contracting Act
CINC Combined Intelligence Center
CIO Corporate Information Office(r)
CITS Central Integrated Test System (B-1B)
CL Coefficient of Lift
CLAWs Control Laws
CM Countermeasure
CMAWS Common Missile Approach Warning System
CMC Ceramic Matrix Composite
CMWS Common Missile Warning System
CNI Communications, Navigation, and Identification
COBRA Complete Oil Breakdown Rate Analyzer
CoDE Coherent Digital Exciter
COE Center of Excellence
COEA Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis
COIL Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser
CONOPs Concept of Operations
CONUS Continental United States
COTS Commercial Off-the-Shelf
CP Coefficient of Pressure
CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CRF Compressor Research Facility
CRRA Capabilities Review and Risk Assessment
CRRES Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite
CRT Cathode Ray Tube
CSAR Combat Search and Rescue
CSAT Crew System Associate Technology
CTAPS Contingency Tactical Air Combat System Automated Planning System
CTBT Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
CTC Center Technology Council
CTOL Conventional Takeoff & Landing
CW Continuous Wave

D2 Degrade and Destroy
D3 Degrade, Disrupt, Deny
D4 Degrade, Disrupt, Deny, Destroy
DAD Distributed Architecture Decoy
DaDT Durability and Damage Tolerance
DAFECS Digital Authority Full Engine Control System
DAMA Demand Assigned Multiple Access
DARO Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DARTS Dynamic Avionics Real-Time Scheduling
DAWS Defense Automated Warning System
DC Differential Correction
DCA Distributed Communications Architecture
DC-X Delta Clipper Experimental
DDR&E Director, Defense Research and Engineering
DE AFRL Directed Energy Directorate
DEA Data Exchange Agreement
DEAD Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses
DEECS Digital Electonic Engine Control System
DEM/VAL Demonstration and Validation
DEPSCOR Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
DES Detached Eddy Simulation
DEW Directed Energy Weapon
DGPS Differential Global Positioning System
DIA Defense Intelligence Agency
DIAL Differential Absorption Lidar
DICE Data Integration and Collection Environment
DIRCM Directed Infrared Countermeasures
DIS Distributed Interactive Simulation
DJ Deceptive Jamming
DLA Defense Logistics Agency
DLL Design Limit Load
DMA Defense Mapping Agency
DMD Digital Micromirror Device
DME Distance Measuring Equipment
DMR Dual-Mode Ramjet
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
DNA Defense Nuclear Agency
DNS Direct Numerical Simulation
DoD Department of Defense
DoDIIS Department of Defense Intelligence Information System
DOE Design of Experiment
DOF Degree of Freedom
DP Development Prototype
DPG Defense Planning Guidance
DPL Diode-Pumped Laser
DRC Distributed Random Coding
DRE Discrete Roughness Elements
DRFM Digital Radio Frequency Memory
DSB Defense Science Board
DSCS Defense Satellite Communication System
DSMC Direct Simulation Monte Carlo
DSN Defense Switched Network
DSO Defensive System Operator
DSS Decision Support System
DT&E Development, Test, and Evaluation
DTAP Defense Technolgy Area Plan
DTED Digital Topographic Elevation Data
DTM Data Transfer Module
DUL Design Ultimate Load
DURIP Defense University Research Instrumentation Program
DUSD Deputy Undersecretary of Defense
DZ Drop Zone

EA Electronic Attack
ECCM Electronic Counter-Countermeasures
ECM Electronic Countermeasures
ECM Engine Condition Monitoring
EELV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
EFD Experimental Fluid Dynamics
EFS-M Enhanced Flight Screening-Medical
EGBU Enhanced Guided Bomb Unit
EGIs Embedded GPS and INS
EHF Extremely High Frequency
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EKF Extended Kalman Filter
ELINT Electronic Intelligence
ELMC Electrical Load Management Centers
ELO Extremely Low Observable
ELV Expendable Launch Vehicle
EM Electromagnetic
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility
EMD Electromagnetic Manufacturing Development
EMI Electromagnetic Interference
EMP Electromagnetic Pulse
ENS Extended Navier-Stokes
EO Electro-Optics
EO/IR Electro-Optical/Infra-Red
EOB Electonic Order of Battle
EP Electronic Protection
EPAD Electrically Powered Actuation Device
EPU Emergency Power Unit
ERASER Enhanced Recognition and Sensing Radar
ERAST Environment Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (NAS)
ERINT Extended Range Interceptor
ESAD Electronic Safe and Arm Device
ESAI Expanded Situational Awareness Insertion
ESC Electronic Systems Center
ESEX Electric Propulsion Space Experiment
ESM Electronic Support Measures
ESTOL Extremely Short Takeoff and Landing
EWO Electronic Warfare Officer (backseater)
ExACT Exploring Autonomous Control Technology
EXLITE Extended Life Tire

F2T2 Find, Fix, Track, and Target
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAAD Forward Area Air Defense
FAC Forward Air Controller
FADEC Full Authority Digital Engine Control
FAR Federal Aviation Regulations
FARP Forward Area Rearm/Refuel Point
FATE Female Acceleration Tolerance Enhancement
FATE Future Aircraft Technology Enhancement
FBL Fly by Light
FBW Fly by Wire
FCS Flight Control System
FCT Foreign Comparative Test
FDDI Fiber Distributed Data Interface
FEA Finite Element Analysis
FEM Finite Element Model
FFRDC Federally Funded Research and Development Center
FIDL FAAD Instrument Data Link
FISTA Flying Infrared Signatures Technology Aircraft
FLASER Forward Looking Infrared Laser Radar
FLC Federal Laboratory Consortium
FLEX Force Level Execution
FLIR Forward Looking Infrared
FLTC Focused Long Term Challenge
FOC Full Operational Capability
FOD Foreign Object Damage
FOG Fiber Optic Gyro
FOPEN Foliage Penetration
FOR Field of Regard
FoV Field of View
FPA Focal Plane Array
FPGA Field Programmable Gated Array
FPZ Favorable Pressure Gradient
FRF Fiber Reinforced Foam
FRF Frequency Response Function
FRP Full Rate Production
FSD Full Scale Development
FSII Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (MIL-I-27686)
FTS Functionally Tailored Structure
FTS Fourier Transform Spectrometer
FWV Fixed Wing Vehicle
FY Fiscal Year
FYDP Future Years Defense Program/Plan

GaAs Gallium Arsenide
GATM Global Air Traffic Management
GBL Ground-Based Laser
Gbps Giga bits per second
GBU Guided Bomb Unit
GD General Dynamics
GDIP General Defense Intelligence Program
GEO Geosynchronous Orbit
GH Global Hawk
GHz Gigahertz
GIG GPS Integration Guide
GLA Gust Load Alleviation
GLOB Ground Loving Old Bastard (KC-135)
G-LOC G-Induced Loss of Consciousness
GMTE Ground Moving Target Engagement
GMTI Ground Moving Target Indicator
GN&C Guidance Navigation and Control
GNC Guidance Navigation and Control
GOTCha Goals, Objectives, Technical Challenges, and Approaches
GPR Ground Penetrating Radar
GPS Global Positioning System
GRFL Groundwater Remediation Field Laboratory
GSS Gyro Subsystem
GUI Graphical User Interface

H/DBT Hard and Deeply Buried Target
HAARP High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
HAC Heading Alignment Cone
HAE High Altitude, long-Endurance (UAV)
HALE High Altitude, Long Endurance
HAN Hydroxylammonium Nitrate
HARM High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
HBCU Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HBCU/MI Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions
HBPR High By-Pass Ratio
HBT Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor
HCF High Cycle Fatigue
HCV Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle
HE AFRL Human Effectiveness Directorate
HEDM High Energy Density Matter
HEL High Energy Laser
HELSTF High Energy Laser Test Facility
HEML High Energy Microwave Laboratory
HEMT High Electron Mobility Transistor
HF High Frequency
HF/LF High Frequency/Low Frequency
HiMAT Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology
HiMaTE High Mach Turbine Engine
HIPRA High Speed Digital Processor Architecture
HIRF High Intensity Radiation Fields
HLPS Hot Liquid Process Simulator
HLV Hybrid Launch Vehicle
HMT/D Helmet-Mounted Tracker and Display
HOBA High Off-Boresight Angle
HOTAS Hands On Throttle and Stick
HPC High Performance Computing
HPC High Pressure Compressor
HPCC High Performance Computing Center
HPCMO High Performance Computing Modernization Office
HPM High Power Microwave
HP-MSOGS High Performance-Molecular Sieve Oxygen Generation System
HPSLT High Power Semiconductor Laser Technology
HPT High Pressure Turbine
HQ Headquarters
HSAL High Speed Algebraic Logic
HSC Human Systems Center
HSI Hyperspectral Imaging
HSR High Speed Research
HTHL Horizontal Take-off Horizontal Landing
HTIL Hardware in the Loop Test
HTOHL Horizontal Take Off Horizontal Landing
HTOL High Temperature Operating Life
HTS High Temperature Superconductivity
HTV Hypersonic Technology Vehicle
HUD Heads Up Display
HySTP Hypersonic Systems Technology Program
HyTech Hypersonic Technology
Hz Hertz

IADS Integrated Air Defense System
IAG&C Interactive Adaptive Guidance and Control
IC Integrated Circuit
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICBM Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile
ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
ICD Initial Capabilities Document
ICNIS Integrated Communication, Navigation, and Identification System
ICOT Isothermal Corrosion Oxidation Test
ICRRA Integrated Capabilities Review and Risk Assessment
ICTP Information Collection, Transfer, and Processing
ID Identification
IDAL Integrated Defense Avionics Laboratory
IDASS Intelligence Data Analysis System for Spacecraft
IDHS Intelligence Data Handling System
IEEE Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IESS Integrated Electromagnetic System Simulator
IETM Interactive Electronic Technical Manual
IF AFRL Information Directorate
IFSAR Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
IGBT Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor
IHPRPT Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology
IHPTET Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology
IIR Imaging Infrared
IIS/G Internal Integral Starter/Generator
ILES Implicit Large-Eddy Simulation
ILS Instrument Landing System
IMC Instrument Meteorological Conditions
IMDSPO Integrated Maintenance Data SPO
IMIS Integrated Maintenance Information System
IMU Inertial Measurement Unit
INFOSEC Information Security
InP Indium Phosphide
INS Inertial Navigation System
INT Intelligence
IOC Initial Operational Capability
IPPD Integrated Product and Process Development
IPT Integrated Product Team
IPU Integrated Power Unit
IR Infra-Red
IRAD Independent Research and Development
IRADS Infrared Attack & Designation System (F-117)
IRCM Infrared Countermeasures
IRI Ionospheric Research Instrument
IRMA Infrared Modeling and Analysis
IRR Integral Rocket Engine
IRST Infrared Search and Track
ISA Instrumentation Society of America
ISHM Integrated Structural Health Monitoring
Isp Specific Impulse
ISR Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
ISS Integrated Sensor System
ISTD Integrated Space Technology Demonstration
ISTF Integrated Space Technology Flights
ITAC Intelligence Tactical Analysis Center
ITAR International Traffic in Arms Regulations
ITB Integrated Test Bed
ITS Intelligent Tutoring System
IVHM Integrated Vehicle Health Management

JASSM Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missile
JAST Joint Advance Strike Technology (now JSF)
JDAM Joint Direct Attack Munition
JDL Joint Directors of Laboratories
JETEC Joint Expendable Turbine Engine Concepts
JFACC Joint Force Air Component Commander
JFTOT Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidation Tester
J/IST JSF/Integrated Subsystem Technology
JITMT U.S.-Japan Industry and Technology Management Training
J-MASS Joint Modeling and Simulation System
JMSP Joint Multispectral Sensor Program
JP-5 Jet Propellant 5 (standard high flash point Navy fuel, MIL-T-5624)
JP-7 Jet Propellant 7 (high temperature, low volatility jet fuel, MIL-T-38219)
JP-8 Jet Propellant 8 (standard AF kerosene jet fuel, MIL-T-83133)
JP-10 Jet Propellant 10 (standard missile fuel, MIL-P-87107)
JPATS Joint Primary Aircraft Training System
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JPTS Jet Propellant Thermally Stable (high thermal stability, high altitude fuel, MIL-T-25524)
JR Jam Resistance
JSEP Joint Service Electronics Program
JSF Joint Strike Fighter
JSIMS Joint Simulation System
JSOW Joint Standoff Weapon
JSTARS Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Reconnaissance System
JTAGG Joint Turbine Advanced Gas Generator
JTDE Joint Technology Demonstrator Engine
JTIDS Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
JWARS Joint Warfare Simulation
JWICA Joint Warfighter Capabilities Assessment
JWID Joint Warfighter Interoperability Demonstration

KEAS Knots Equivalent Airspeed
KEFH 1,000 Engine Flgiht Hours
KEW Kinetic Energy Weapon
kHz Kilohertz
KKV Kinetic Kill Vehicle
KMOR Keep Missile on the Rail
KPP's Key Performance Parameters

L/D Lift to Drag Ratio
L/O Lockout
LADAR Light Amplification for Detection and Ranging
LADD Llow-Angle Drogue Delivery
LAMARS Large Amplitude Multi-Mode Aerospace Research Simulator
LAN Local Area Network
LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory
LANTIRN Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night
LaRC Langley Research Center
LASE Large Aperture Speckle Experiment
LASRE Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment
LBD Laser Beam Detector
LBO Lean BlowOut
LCC Lifecycle Cost
le Leading edge
LEAP Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile
LED Light Emitting Diode
LEO Low Earth Orbit
LES Large Eddy Simulation
LEV Leading Edge Vortices
LF Laminar Flow
LFC Laminar Flow Control
LFD Linear Finite-Difference
LGB Laser Guided Bomb
LIDAR Light Detection and Ranging
LIFE Laser Infrared Flyout Experiment
LIME Laser Induced Microwave Emissions
LLLTV Low Light Level Television
LM Lockheed Martin
LO Low Observable
LOCAAS Low Cost Autonomous Attack (formerly Anti-Armor) Submunition
LORAN Long-Range Radio Aid to Navigation
LOROPS Long-Range Oblique Optical System
LOS Line of Sight
LP Linear Programming
LPD Low Probablitiy of Detection
LPI Low Probability of Interception
LPT Low Pressure Turbine
LRIP Low Rate Initial Production
LRS Long Range Strike
LRU Line Replaceable Unit
LSB Laminar Separation Bubble
LTC Long Term Challenge
LWIR Long Wavelength Infrared
LZ Landing Zone

M Mach Number
M&S Modeling and Simulation
MAA Mission Area Assessment
MACET Modular Algorithm Concept Evaluation Tool
MAD Mutually Assured Destruction
MADMEL (Power) Management And Distribution System for the More Electric aircraft
MAFET Microwave and Analog Front-End Technology Program
MAGIC Multimission Advanced Ground Intelligent Control
MAJCOM Major Command
MALD Miniature Air Launched Decoy
MANS Microcosm Autonomous Navigation System
ManTech Manufacturing Technology
MAP Mission Area Plan
MATV Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring
MAV Micro Aerial Vehicle
MAWS Missile Approach Warning System
MBE Molecular Beam Epitaxy
MBV Model Based Vision
MCA Multichip Assembly
MCD Minimum Cost Design
MCE Modular Control Equipment
MCM Multichip Module
MCS Mission Control Station
MCT Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Controlled Transistor
MDA Metal De-Activator
MDO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
MEA More Electric Aircraft
MELA Munition Export License Application
MEMS Microelectrical Mechanical Systems
MFD Multifunction Display
MGD Magneto Gas Dynamics
MHD Magneto Hydro Dynamics
MICOM Army Missile Command
MILO Magnetically Insulated Line Oscillator
MILSATCOM Military Satellite Communications
MILSTAR Military Strategic and Tectical Relay Satellite
MIMIC Microwave/Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuit
MIR Microwave Imaging Radiometer
MIRFS Multifunction Integrated Radio Frequency System (JAST)
MIS Modular Insertion Stage
ML AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
MLI Multi-Layer Insulation
MLV Medium Launch Vehicle
MMC Metal Matrix Composite
MMC Modular Mission Computer
MMIC Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit
MMTD Miniaturized Munition Technology Demonstration
MMW Millimeter Wave
MN AFRL Munitions Directorate
MNS Mission Needs Statement
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOOTW Military Operations Other Than War
MOTIF Maui Optical Tracking and Identification Facility
MPM Microwave Power Module
MPP Modernization Planning Process
MPRL Master Parts Reference List
MQ-1 Weaponized Predator A
MQ-9 Predator B
MRMMS Millimeter Wave Reflectivity Measurement System
MS&A Modeling Simulation & Analysis
MSI Multispectral Imager
MSO Mission Support Officer
MSP Military Space Plane
MSTAR Moving and Stationary Target Acquisition and Recognition
MSTRS Miniture Satellite Threat Reporting System
MSX Midcourse Space Experiment
MTBF Mean Time Between Failure
MTD Missile Technology Demonstration
MTI Moving Target Indicator
MTV More Electric Test Vehicle
MURI Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
MW Microwave
M-X Advanced Special Operations Air Mobility Platform

NAE National Academy of Engineering
NAIC National Air Intelligence Center
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA DFRC NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
NASIP Navy Airframe Structural Integrity Program
NASM National Air and Space (Warfare) Model
NASM National Air and Space Museum
NASP National Aerospace Plane
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVAIDS Navigational Aid System
NAVAIR Naval Air Systems Command
NAVAIRSYSCOM Naval Air Systems Command
NavTEL Navigational Test and Evaluation Laboratory
NAWC Naval Air Warfare Center
NDB Non-Directional Beacon
NDE Non-Destructive Evaluation
NDI Non-Destructive Inspection
NDI/E Non-Destructive Inspection/Evaluation
NGG Next Generation Gunship
NGLT Next Generation Launch Technology
NGP Next Generation (Fire Suppression) Plan
NGT Next Generation Test
NGT Next-Generation Trainer
NIFTR Near Isothermal Flowing Test Rig
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NLF Natural Laminar Flow
NLO Non-Linear Optics
NORAD Northern Region Air Defense
NOTAM Notices to Airmen
NOx Nitrous Oxide
NRC National Research Center
NRC National Research Council
NRC-IAR National Research Council's Institute for Aerospace Research
NRL Naval Reseach Laboratory
NSA National Security Agency
NVG Night Vision Goggles

O&M Operations and Maintenance
O&S Operations & Support
OA Operational Assessment
OASPL Overall Sound Pressure Level
OBIGGS On-Board Inert Gas Generating System
OBOGS On-Board Oxygen Generation System
OCA Operational Control Authority
ODE Ordinary Differential Equation
ODM Oil Debris Monitoring
OFP Operational Flight Program
OLS Opportune Lansing System
OML Outer Mold Line
OMS Orbital Maneuvering System
ONR Office of Naval Research
OPO Optical Parametric Oscillator
ORD Operational Readiness Demonstration
ORD Operational Requirements Document
ORS Operationally Responsive Spacelift
ORTA Office of Research and Technology Applications
OSA Optical Society of America
OSD Office of the Secretary of Defense
OSD(C) Office of the Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
OSINT Open Source Intelligence
OSO Offensive System Operator
OSPL Overall Sound Pressure Level
OSR Office of Scientific Research
OT&E Operational Test and Evaluation
OTH Over The Horizon
OTH-B Over-the-Horizon Radar Backscatter
OVI Operator Vehicle Interface

P&D Planning and Design
P3I Pre-Planned Product Improvement
P4A Programmable Powdered Preform Process for Aerospace
PA&E Program Assessment and Evaluation
PACAF Pacific Air Force
PACE Point-Ahead Compensation Experiment
PASP Plus Photovoltaic Array Space Power Plus Diagnostics
PAVE (a military electronics program name)
PAWS Phased Array Warning System
PBD Program Budget Directive
PC Personal Computer
PC Photoconductive
PCCADS Panoramic Cockpit Control and Display System
PCD Polycrystalline Diamond
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PD Pulse Doppler (Radar)
PDE Partial Differential Equation
PDE Pulse Detonation Engine
PDF Precision Direction Finder
PDM Program Decision Memorandum
PDR Preliminary Design Review
PDRE Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine
PE Program Element
PEBB Power Electronic Building Block
PECASE Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
PerFECT Peroxide in Fuel Estimation and Concentration Test
PF-1 Priming Fluid 1 (MIL-P-87173)
PGM Precision Guided Munitions
PGPS Precision GPS, Ship-Relative GPS, or Kinematic Carrier Phased Relative GPS
PGS Prompt Global Strike
PILOT Phased Integrated Laser Optics Technology
PIM Parameterized Ionosphere Model
PIO Pilot Induced Oscillation
PIP Product Improvement Plan
PiSi Platinum Silicide
P-ISR Penetrating - Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
PIV Particle Imaging Velocimetry
Pk Kill Probability
PL Phillips Laboratory
PLAID Precision Location and Identification
PMAD Power Management and Distribution
PMD Program Management Directive
PMMW Passive Millimeter Wave
PNS Precision Navigation System
POL Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants
POM Program Objective Memorandum
PPBS Planning, Program, and Budgeting System
PPLN Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate
PR AFRL Propulsion Directorate
PRF Pulse Repetition Frequency
PRFECT Prediction RF Effects Coupling Tool
PRG Program Review Group
PRK Photorefractive Keratectomy
PRN Pseudo Range Reference Number corresponding to Satellite Vehicle #
PROTEC Programmable Ordnance Technology
PSE Parabolized Stability Equations
PSIDS Prototype Secondary Information Dissemination System
PTF Planning Task Force
PVC Pneumatic Vortex Control
PVI Pilot/Vehicle Interface

Q Dynamic Pressure
QML Qualified Manufacturers List
QoI Quality of Information
QPL Qualified Products List
QWIP Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector

R&D Research and Development
R&D GTDS R&D Goddard Trajectory Determination System
R&M Reliability and Maintainability
RAAF Royal Australian Air Force
RAAP Rapid Application of Air Power
RAILE Retro-Assisted Imaging Laser Experiment
RAM Radar Absorbing Material
RAMTIP Reliability and Maintainability Technology Insertion Program
RANS Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes
RASER Research and Seeker Emulation Radar
RATTrap Rapid Assessment Tool for Transition Prediction
RBCC Rocket-Based Combined Cycle
RCG Reaction-Cured Glass
RCS Radar Cross Section
RCS Reaction Control System
RDT&E Research, Development, Test & Evaluation
Re Reynolds Number
RF Radio Frequency
RFCM Radio Frequency Countermeasure
RFP Request for Proposal
RK Radial Keratectomy
RL Rome Lab
RLG Ring Laser Gyro
RLV Reusable Launch Vehicle
RM&S Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability
ROA Remotely Operated Aircraft
ROM Reduced-Order Methods
RP-1 Rocket Propellant 1 (standard kerosene rocket fuel, MIL-P-25576)
RPA Remotely Piloted Aircraft
RPN Relative Precision Navigation
RPV Remotely Piloted Vehicle
RQ-1 Predator A
RQ-4 Global Hawk
RSATS Responsive Space Advanced Technology Study
RSLP Rocket System Launch Program
RTIC Real-Time Information in the Cockpit
RTO Research and Technology Organization
RTOC Real-Time Information out of the Cockpit
RTSMP Real-Time Symmetric Multiprocessor
RULER Remaining Useful Life Evaluation Routine (lubricants)
RV Reentry Vehicle
RWR Radar Warning Receiver
Rx Receive

S&T Science and Technology
S/TODS Strategic/Tactical Optical Disk System
S/V/L Survivability/Vulnerability/Lethality
S/W Software
SAA Sense and Avoid
SAB Scientific Advisory Board
SADARM Search and Destroy Armor Munition
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
SAL Semi-Active Laser
SALT Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty
SAM Surface to Air Missile
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SAR Search and Rescue
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SAR Special Access Required
SARL Subsonic Aerodynamic Research Laboratory
SATCOM Satellite Communications
SAVI Space Active Vibration Isolation
SAWS Silent Attack Warning System
SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
SBIR Small Business Innovative Research
SBIRS Space Based Infrared System
SBL Space Based Laser
SC SensorCraft
SCATS Suspense Control and Automated Tracking System
SCI Scalable Coherent Interface
SCIF Special Compartmented Information Facility
S-CLAS S-Conformal Load-Bearing Antenna Structure
SDB Small Diameter Bomb
SDD System Development and Demonstration
SEAD Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
SEAD Suppression of Enemy Air Defense
SED Scramjet Engine Demo
SEDFB Surface-Emitting Distributed Feedback
SEP Spherical Error Probability (1-Sigma STD of Error)
SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape
SFC Specific Fuel Consumption
SFW Sensor Fuzed Weapon
SHF Super High Frequency
SIDAT Subsystems Integrated Design Assessment Technology
SIE Satellite Imaging Experiment
SIGINT Signal Intelligence
SIGINT Signals Intelligence
SIIRCM Suite of Integrated Infrared Countermeasures (Army)
SIRFC Suite of Integrated Radar Frequency Countermeasures (Army)
SLAC Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
SLAR Sideways-Looking Airborne Radar
SLBD Sea-Lite Beam Director
SLCS Software Lifecycle Support
SLEP Service Life Extension Program
SLV Small Launch Vehicle
SMC Space and Missile Systems Center
SMP System Master Plan
SMV Space Maneuver Vehicles
SN AFRL Sensors Directorate
SNL Sandia National Laboratory
SO Spatial Orientation
SOA State of the Art
SOAP Spectrometric Oil Analysis Program
SOC Special Operations Command
SOCOM Special Operations Command
SOF Special Operations Forces
SOI Space Object Identification
SOI Silicon on Insulator
SONET Synchronous Optical Network
SOR Starfire Optical Range
SOV Space Operations Vehicle
SPACECOM Space Command
SPAWAR Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPC Specific Fuel Consumption
SPICE Space Integrated Control Experiment
SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
SPIRITS-AC 2 Spectral and In-Band Radiometric Imaging of Targets and Scenes-Aircraft2
SPO System Program Office
SRM Solid Rocket Motor
SSB Small Smart Bomb
SSIES Special Sensor for Ions, Electrons, and Scintillations
SSM/T-2 Special Sensor Microwave
SSN Space Surveillance Network
SSTO Single Stage to Orbit
SSTT Small Satellite Thermal Technologies
STAG Smart Tactical Autonomous Guidance
STAR Stability Analysis for Reentry
STBLI Shock Turbulent Boundary Layer Interaction
STEP Space Test Experiment Platform
STIG Space Technology Interdependence Group
STOL Short Take-Off & Landing
STOL/MTD Short Take-Off and Landing/Maneuvering Technology Demonstrator
STOVL Short TakeOff and Vertical Landing (fighter/attack aircraft)
STOW Synthetic Theater of War
STRAMST S&T Reliance Assessment for Modeling & Simulation Technology
STRATCOM Strategic Command
STTR Small Business Technology Transfer Program
SUAV Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
SUAVs Structural Antennas for Small UAVs
SVs Satellite Vehicle #'s
SWBLI Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interaction
SWC Space Warfare Center
SWIM Solar Wind Interplanetary Measurements

t / c Wing Thickness to Cord Ratio
T&E Test and Evaluation
T/R Transmit/Receive
T/W Thrust to Weight Ratio
TACAN Tactical Air Navigation
TACC Tactical Air Control Center
TAD Technology Availability Date
TAD Time Available for Delivery (US DoD)
TADIX Tectical Date Information Exchange System
TAEM Terminal Area Energy Management
TAFT Today's Aircraft Flying Tomorrow
TALD Tactical Air Launched Decoy
TAOS Technology for Autonomous Operational Survivability
TAOS Technology for Autonomous Satellite Operations
TAP Technology Area Plan
TAS Timeline Analysis System
TASE Thrust Assessment Support Environment
TAV Transatmospheric Vehicle
TBC Thermal Barrier Coating
TBCC Turbine Based Combined Cycle
TBM Tactical Ballistic Missile
TBM Theater Ballistic Missile
TBM Theater Battle Management
TCAS Traffic Collision Avoidance System
TCC Technology Coordination Committee
TCE Tricholoroethylene
TCNO Time Compliance Network Orders
TCP Transmission Control Protocol
TCT Time Critical Target
TD Technology Directorates
TDA Technology Development Approach
TDC Theater Deployable Communications
TDP Time-Space-Position-Information Data Processor
TDPA Tactical Deception Planning Aid
TEFF Turbine Engine Fatigue Facility
TEL Transporter/Erector/Launcher (Scuds)
TENCAP Tactical Exploitation of National Space Capabilities (Army)
TENet Theater Extension Network
TEO Technology Executive Officer
TERC Turbine Engine Research Center
TestPAES Test Planning, Analysis and Evaluation System
THAAD Theater High Altitude Area Defense
TIP Technology Investment Plan
TIP Technology Insertion Program
TIPP Test Instrument Planning and Programming
TIRR Technology Investment Recommendation Report
TM Telemetry
TMD Theater Missile Defense
TMP Technology Master Planning
TMT Theater Missile Tracker
TOA Total Obligation Authority
TOGW Takeoff Gross Weight
TPIPT Technology Planning Integrated Product Team
TPS Test Program Sets
TPS Thermal Protection System
TRAMP Testing, Reporting, and Maintenance Program
TRANSEC Transmission Security
TRF Turbine Research Facility
TriTAC Tri-Service Tactical Communications
TRL Technology Readiness Level
TRP Technology Reinvestment Program
T-S Tollmien-Schlichting
TSPI Time-Space-Position-Information
TSRP Time Stress Measurement Device
TSSS Technology for Sustainment of Strategic Systems
TST Tactical Surveillance Technology
TSTO Two Stage To Orbit
TTNT Tactical Targeting Network Technology
TTO Technology Transition Office
TUAVR Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Radars
TUFI Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Insulation
TV Trapped Vortex
TVC Thrust Vector Control
TVC Trapped Vortex Combustor
TVD Total Variation Diminishing
TW/AR Threat Warning/Attack Reporting
TWT Travelling Wave Tube
Tx Transmit

UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UAVOM Unmanned Air Vehicle Offensive Missions
UCAV Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle
UDP User Datagram Protocol
UDRI University of Dayton Research Institute
UFS Unified Flow Solver
URAV Unmanned Reconnaissance Aerial Vehicle
USAF United States Air Force
USN United States Navy
USSOCOM United States Special Operations Command
USSTRATCOM US Strategic Command
UWOT Universal War on Terrorism

V&V Validation and Verification
V/STOL Very Short Takeoff and Landing (transport aircraft)
VA AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate
VAATE Versatile, Affordable, Advanced Turbine Engine Program
VAB Vehicle Assembly Building
VARTM Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding
VC Vortex Combustor
VCATS Visually Coupled Acquisition and Targeting System
VCE Variable Cycle Engine
VCSAF Vice Chief of Staff of The Air Force
VE Virtual Environment
VEL Visual Electrodiagnostic Laboratory
VFDR Variable Flow Ducted Rocket
VFR Visual Flight Rules
VHDL VHSIC Hardware Design Language
VHF Very High Frequency
VHSIC Very High Speed Integrated Circuit
VIP Vacuum Infusion Processing
VISTA Variable-Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft
VLF Very Low Frequency
VLSI Very Large Scale Integration
VMC Visual Meteorological Conditions
VMS Vehicle Management System
VOC Volatile Organic Compounds
VS AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
VSD Vaccine Safety Datalink
VT Ventricular Tachycardia
VTB Vestibular Test Battery
VTHL Vertical Take-off Horizontal Landing

WAM Workload Assessment Monitor
WAN Wide Area Network
WASM Wide Area Search Munitions
WASP Widebody Airborne Sensor Platform
WASP Weasel Attack Signal Processor
WAVES Waveform and Vector Exchange Specifications
WBMOD Wide-Band Scintillation Model
WENO Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory
WIDA Weather Impact Division Aids
WL Wright Laboratory
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WPN Weapon
WR BND Wing Root Bending Moment
WSMR White Sands Missile Range
WSO Weapon Systems Officer
WTN Wright Technology Network
WVR Within Visual Range

XIDB eXtended Integrated Data Base
XST eXperimental Stealth Tactical (Have Blue)

ZPG Zero Pressure Gradient