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Strategic Defense Initiative Glossary of Terms

by Ron Kurtus (2 November 1998)

The military is extremely fond of using acronyms, especially concerning technical programs.

The following is a list of acronyms and definitions used by the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) concerning the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). This is a useful reference when dealing with SDI documents.

AD

Armament Division (AFSC)

AEDC

Arnold Engineering Development Center (AFSC)

AFATL

Air Force Armament Laboratory (AFSC)

AFGL

Air Force Geophysics Laboratory (AFSC)

AFOSR

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSC)

AFR

Air Force Regulation

AFRPL

Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (AFSC)

AFSC

Air Force Systems Command

AFSCR

AFSC Regulation

AFSTC

Air Force Space Technology Center

AFWAL

Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (AFSC)

AFWL

Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFSC)

AMO

Aerospace Medical Division (AFSC)

APO

Associate Product Division

ASD

Aeronautical Systems Division (AFSC)

ATC

Associate Technology Center/Laboratory

BMO

Ballistic Missile Office (AFSC)

CC

Commander

CV

Vice Commander

C3

Command, Control, Communications

D&F

Determination and Finding

DARPA

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD)

DCS

Deputy Chief of Staff

DEW

Directed Energy Weapons

DNA

Defense Nuclear Agency (DOD)

DOD

Department of Defense

DOE

Department of Energy

DSDIO

Director, SDIO

ESO

Electronic Systems Division (AFSC)

FTD

Foreign Technology Division (AFSC)

HO

Headquarters

IAW

In Accordance With

IPD

Integrating Product Division

KEW

Kinetic Energy Weapons

LEO

Lead Execution Organization

LPD

Lead Product Division

LTC

Lead Technology Center

MAJCOM

Major USAF Command

MOA

Memorandum of Agreement

MWPOR

Monthly WPD Report

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

PDP

Program Decision Package

PE

Program Element

PEO

Participating Execution Organization

PMD

Program Management Directive

POM

Program Objective Memorandum

RADC

Rome Air Development Center (AFSC)

RD&A

Research, Development and Acquisition

SA/BM

Systems Analysis and Battle Management

SATKA

Surveillance, Acquisition, Tracking, Kill Assessment

SD

Space Division (AFSC)

SDI

Strategic Defense Initiative

SDIO

SDI Organization (DOD)

SLKT

Survivability, Lethality and Key Technologies

TPP

Technical Program Plan

USAF

United States Air Force

WPD

Work Package Directive


Summary

From this list of acronyms, you can get a good idea of the projects and areas of interest for the AFSC on SDI. Anyone doing business in or with the military on such a program is wise to learn these acronyms. It is "speaking the same language."

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

History of the Missile Defense Organization - U.S. Department of Defense

The Strategic Defense Initiative - political risks - From Air University Review 1985

SDI History Resources

Books

2001 Ballistic Missile Defense and SDI: Today's U.S. Military "Star Wars" Program - Interceptors, Space Systems, Missile Threats, SDI History, Cox China Report by World Spaceflight News; Progressive Management (2001) $20.95 (CD-ROM)

Dictionary of SDI by Harry Waldman; Scholarly Resources (1988) $65.00

Top-rated books on Missle Defense


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