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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  F

The military and government are famous for using - or overusing - abbreviations and acronyms for designating equipment, programs, and agencies. These eight pages are chock full of nearly every commonly used abbreviations and acronyms used by the U.S. military (at least up through around the year 2000).

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F
(1) Fahrenheit; (2) Frequency
FA
(1) Frontal Aviation (FSU); (2) Field Artillery; (3) Forward Area; (4) Functional Architecture; (5) Frequency Agile; (6) Full Accounting; (7) Feasibility Assessment
FAA
(1) Federal Aviation Agency; (2) Federal Aviation Administration; (3) Foreign Assistance Act
FAAD
C3I Forward Area Air Defense Command, Control,
Communications
and Intelligence
FAADS
Forward Area Air Defense System
FAAR
Forward Area Alerting Radar
FAARP
Forward Area Armament and Refuel Point
FAAS
Foreign Affairs Administrative Support
FAC
(1) Forward Air Control (Controller); (2) Facilities
FACP
(1) Forward Air Control Post; (2) Forward Air Control Party
FACSFAC
Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility
FAD
(1) Fleet Air Defense; (2) Force Activity Designator; (3) Field Arbitrary Designators
FADOC
Future Air Defense Operation Concept
FADS
Foreign Area Data System
FAE
Fuel Air Explosive
FAF
Fast Access Format
FAFIC
Federal Armed Forces Intelligence Center (FRG)
FAI
Fuel Air Incendiary Concussion Bomb
FAIO
Field Artillery Intelligence Officer
FAISA
FORSCOM Automated Intelligence Support Activity
FAISS
FORSCOM Automated Intelligence Support System
FALD
Field Administration and Logistics Division
FAM
Functional Area Model
FAME
FORSCOM Automated Modernization Effort
FAMP
Foreign Army Materiel Production
FAMS
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center Analytical Maritime Summary
FAMSIM
Family of Simulation
FANS
Friendly Allied Nation Support Network
FANT
French Atmospheric Nuclear Test
FAO
(1) Foreign Area Officer; (2) Forward Area of Operations; (3) Food and Agricultural Organization (UN)
FAPC
Food and Agriculture Planning Committee (NATO)
FARP
Forward Area Refuel Point
FARRFAA
Air Replacement Radar
FARRP
Forward Area Rearming and Refueling Point
FAS
(1) (U.S.) Foreign Agriculture Service; (2) Frequency Assignment Subcommittee
FAST
(1) Fleet Antiterrorist Support Teams; (2) Forward Area Support Team; (3) Forward Area Support Terminal
FAST-I
Forward Area SID and TRAP-Improved
FAST/I2
Improved FAST/I
FASTC
Foreign Aerospace Science and Technology Center (archaic, now NAIC)
FASTFAX
Tactical Digital Facsimile
FASTL
Future Analytic Strategic Target List
FAV
(1) Field Assistance Visit; (2) Fast Attack Vehicle
FAX
Facsimile
FB
Fighter Bomber
FBA
Fighter Bomber Attack
FBH
Force Beachhead
FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBIS
Foreign Broadcast Information Service
FBM
Fleet Ballistic Missile
FBR
Fast Breeder Reactor
FBS
(1) Forward-Based Systems; (2) Federal Border Service
FC
(1) Fire Control; (2) Fractional Coverage
FCA
Foreign Counterintelligence Activity
FCB
Functional Control Board
FCC
(1) Fleet Command Center; (2) Federal Communications Commission; (3) Fighter Control Center; (4) Fire Coordination
Center
FCE
Forward Control Element
FCFS
First Come, First Served
FCG
Foreign Clearance Guide (military)
FCG2
FORSCOM G2
FCI
Foreign Counterintelligence
FCIAD
FORSCOM Component Intelligence Architecture Document
FCIP
Foreign Counterintelligence Program
FCISD
FORSCOM Component Intelligence Strategy Document
FCITP
Foreign Counterintelligence and International Terrorism
Program
(FBI)
FCITTP
FORSCOM Component Intelligence Tactics, Techniques and
Procedures
FCLP
FORSCOM Command Language Program
FCO
Facility Control Office
FCRC
Federal Contract Research Center
FCS
(1) Fire Control System; (2) Flight Control System; (3) (U.S.) Foreign Commercial Service
FCSE
Forward Control Support Element
FCT
Foreign Comparative Test
FCZ
Forward Combat Zone
FD
Functional Design
F/d
Ratio of focal-length to diameter (of reflector type antennas)
FDB
Fleet Database
FDBM
Functional Data Base Manager
FDBPS
Fleet Data Base Production System
FDC
Fire Direction Center
FDDAC
Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee
FDDI
Fiber Distributed Data Interface
FDDS
Flag Data Display System
FDIU
Fill Device Interface Unit
FDM
Frequency Division Multiplexing
FDMA
Frequency Division Multiple Access
FDO
Foreign Disclosure Officer
FDOA
Frequency Difference of Arrival
FDR
Foreign Disclosure Representative
FDT&E
Force Development Test & Experimentation
FDU
Force Design Update
FDW
Forward Deployed Workstation
FDX
Full Duplex
FEA
Front End Analysis
FEAF
Far Eastern Air Forces
FEBA
Forward Edge of the Battle Area
Fed
Federal Reserve System
FEDS
Front End Distribution System
FEDSIM
Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation
Center
FEL
Free Electron Laser
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMD
Far East Military District
FEMP
Front End Message Processors
FEP
(1) Front End Processor; (2) FLTSATCOM EHF Package
FERS
Federal Employees Retirement System
FET
Field Effect Transistor
FETVD
Far East Theater of Military Operations
FEWS
Future Early Warning System
FEWSG
Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group
FF
Frigate
FFA
Free-Fire Area
FFAR
Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
FFED
FIREFINDER Elevation Data
FFG
Guided-Missile Frigate
FFGH
Guided-Missile Aviation Frigate
FFGN
Nuclear-Powered Guided-Missile Frigate
FFH
Aviation Frigate
FFHGN
Nuclear-Powered Guided-Missile Aviation Frigate
FFHN
Nuclear-Powered Aviation Frigate
FFL
Corvette
FFLG
Guided-Missile Corvette
FFM
Full Face Mask
FFN
Fleet Flash Net
FFR
Radar Picket Frigate
FFS
(1) Fixed Field Site; (2) Formatted File System
FFT
Training Frigate
FGHQ
Fighter Group Headquarters (Canada)
FGN
Foreign
FH
Frequency Hopping
FH/DS
Frequency Hopping/Direct Sequence
FI
(1) Finished Intelligence; (2) Foreign Intelligence
FI&SS
Foreign Intelligence and Security Service(s)
FIA
Foreign Intelligence Agency
FIC
(1) Fleet Intelligence Center; (2) FORSCOM Intelligence Center
FICEURLANT
Fleet Intelligence Center, Europe and Atlantic
FICM
Fleet Intelligence Collection Manual
FICPAC
Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific
FID
(1) Foreign Internal Defense; (2) Force Integration Division
FIDB
Fundamental Intelligence Database
FIE
Foreign Intelligence Element
FIG
Figure
FIIC
Force Imagery Interpretation Center
FIIU
Force Imagery Interpretation Unit
FIM
Force Integration Master Planner
FIN
(1) Fixed-Site Intelligence Network; (2) Financial
FINPLAN
Financial Plan
FIO
Foreign Intelligence Officer
FIP
(1) Force Improvement Plan; (2) Federal Information Processing
FIPC
Foreign Intelligence Priorities Committee
FIPS
(1) Federal Information Processing Standard; (2) Fleet Intelligence Production System
FIR
Field Investigative Region
FIRCAP
Foreign Intelligence Requirement Capabilities and Priorities
FIRE
Fused Intelligence Report in Europe
FIRF
Future Information Requirements Forecast
FIRMS
Foreign Intelligence Relations Management System
FIROPS
Freedom of Air Operations
FIRST
Fleet Intelligence Reserve Support Team
FIRSTEURLANT
Fleet Intelligence Reserve Support Team, Atlantic
FIRSTPAC
Fleet Intelligence Reserve Support Team, Pacific
FIS
(1) Foreign Instrumentation Signals; (2) Foreign Intelligence Service
FISA
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
FISAP
FMFPac Intelligence Sub-Architecture Plan
FISINT
(1) Foreign Instrumentation and Signature Intelligence; (2) Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence
FISS
Foreign Intelligence and Security Services
FIST
(1) Fleet Imagery Support Terminal; (2) Fire Support Team
FIST-T
Transportable FIST
FITCPAC
Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific
FITD
FORSCOM Intelligence Training Detachment
FITWING
Fighter Wing
FLA
Foreign Launch Assessment
FLAGE
Flexible Lightweight Agile Guided Experiment
FLC
Foreign Language Committee
FLEETSATCOM
Fleet Satellite Communications
FLENUMOCEANCEN
Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center (U.S. Navy)
FLEX
Force-Level Execution System
FLI
Force-Level Information
FLIR
Forward-Looking Infrared (Radar)
FLO
Foreign Liaison Office
FLOT
Forward Line of Troops
FLR
Forward-Looking Radar
FLRA
Federal Labor Relations Authority
FLSG
Force Logistics Support Group
FLT
Fleet; Flight
FLTBCST
Fleet Broadcast
FLTCINC
Fleet Commander in Chief
FLTSAT
Fleet Satellite
FLTSATCOM
Fleet Satellite Communications System
FLTSEVOCOM
Fleet Secure Voice
FM
(1) Frequency Modulation; (2) Foreign Materiel; (3) File Maintenance; (4) Factory Marking(s); (5) Functional Manager; (6) Field Manual; (7) From; (8) Comptroller
FMA
(1) Foreign Materiel Acquisition; (2) Foreign Media Analysis
FMAO
Foreign Materiel Acquisition Operation
FMAR
Foreign Materiel Acquisition Requirement
FMAS
Foreign Media Analysis Subsystem
FMC
(1) Field Maintenance Center; (2) Force Mobile Command
FME
Foreign Materiel Exploitation
FMEC
Foreign Materiel Exploitation Catalogue
FMEP
Foreign Materiel Exploitation Program
FMF
Fleet Marine Force(s)
FMFLANT
Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic
FMFM
Fleet Marine Field Manual
FMFPAC
Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
FMIB
Foreign Materiel Intelligence Board
FMIG
Foreign Materiel Intelligence Group
FMIS
Force Management Information System
FMLM
French Military Liaison Mission
FMOCC
Fleet Mobile Operations Command Center
FMP
Foreign Materiel Program
FMPCP
Foreign Military Personnel Contact Program
FMPRB
Foreign Military Program Review Board
FMRL
Foreign Materiel Requirements List
FMs
Defense Intelligence Functional Managers
FMS
Foreign Military Sales
FMSF
Foreign Military Sales Financing
FMTV
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
FN
Foreign National
FNOC
Fleet Numerical Oceanographic Center
FNU
First Name Unknown
FO
Forward Observer
F/O
Fiber-Optics
FOA
(1) Field Operating Agency; (2) Forward Operating Area
FOAMP
Foreign Aerospace Materiel Production
FOAP
Foreign Aircraft Production
FOB
(1) Forward Operating Base; (2) Foreign Order of Battle
FOBS
Fractional Orbital Bombardment System
FOC
(1) Final Operational Capabilities; (2) Full Operational Capability; (3) FORSCOM Operations Center; (4) Full Operating
Capacity
FOCI
Foreign Owned, Controlled or Influenced
FOCUS
(1) Interagency Review of Defense Attache Offices; (2) FORSCOM Objective Communications System
FOD
Foreign Object Damage
FOFA
Follow-on Forces Attack
FofF
Field of Fire
FOG
Fiber-Optics Guided
FOGM
Fiber-Optic Guided Missile
FOI
Freedom of Information
FOIA
Freedom of Information Act
FOL
(1) Forward Operating Location; (2) Family of Loudspeakers
FOLAN
Fiber-Optic Local Area Network
FOLPEN
Foliage-Penetrating
FOM
Figure of Merit
FOMA
Foreign Military Assistance
FOMCAT
Foreign Materiel Catalogue
FOMP
Foreign Missile Production
FONS
Fleet Operational Needs Statement for Intelligence
FOP
Forward Observation Post
FORDTIS
Foreign Disclosure Technical Information System
FORECON
Force Reconnaissance
FORGE
Force Generation
FORMAT
Foreign Materiel
FORMDEPS
FORSCOM Mobilization and Deployment Planning System
FORMICA
Foreign Military Intelligence Collection Activity
FORMMS
Foreign Materiel Management System
FORSCOM
U.S. Forces Command
FORSTAT
Force Status and Identity Report
FORT
Force Trends Data Base
FORTRAN
Formula Translator
FOSCAS
Foreign Ship Construction and Shipyards
FOSD
Family of Sabotage Devices
FOSIC
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center
FOSIC-E
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center, Europe
FOSICLANT
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Intelligence Center, Atlantic
FOSICPAC
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center, Pacific
FOSIF
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility
FOSIF
Rota Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility, Rota
FOSIF/WESTPAC
Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility, Western Pacific
FOTARS
Follow-On Tactical Reconnaissance System
FOT&E
Follow-On Test and Evaluation
FOTELSYS
Foreign Telecommunications Systems
FOTRS
Follow-On Tactical Reconnaissance System
FOUO
For Official Use Only
FOV
Field of View
FP
(1) Fire Position; (2) Field Post; (3) Force Package
FPA
(1) Federal Preparedness Agency; (2) Focal Plane Array; (3) Force Projection Army
FPB
Fast Patrol Boat
FPE
Force Planning Estimate
FPF
Final Protection Fire
FPI
(1) Foreign Positive Intelligence; (2) Federal Process Improvement
FPIR
Force Protection Information Report
FPL
Fire Protective Line
FPN
Field Post Number
FPO
Fleet Post Office
fps
Feet Per Second
FPTOC
Force Projection Tactical Operations Center
FPU
Floating Point Unit
FQ&P
Flying Qualities and Performance
FRAG
Fragmentary Order
FRAGO
Fragmentary Order
FRD
(1) Federal Research Division (Library of Congress); (2) Formerly Restricted Data; (3) Functional Requirements Document
FREQ
Frequency
FRG
Federal Republic of Germany
FRIES
Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System
FRIF
Finished Recurring Intelligence File
FROG
Free Rocket Over Ground
FROKA
First Republic of Korea Army
FROSS
Foreign Reliance on Space Systems
FRPG
Facility Reference Point Graphic
FRR
Frequency Resource Records
FRS
(1) Fleet Readiness Squadron; (2) Federal Research Service; (3) Forward Recording Site
FRY
Former Republic of Yugoslavia
FRYM
Former Republic of Yugoslavia-Macedonia
FS
(1) File Server; (2) Fire Support
F3S
Field Station Support System
FSAIS
FICEURLANT SCI Analyst Information System
FSB
(1) Fleet Satellite Broadcast (of FLTSATCOM); (2) Forward Staging Base; (3) Fire Support Base
FSBS
Fleet Submarine Broadcast System
FSCC
Fire Support Coordination Center
FSCL
Fire Support Coordination Line
FSCOORD
Fire Support Coordinator
FSD
(1) Field Support Division; (2) Forward Support Detachment
FSE
Fire Support Element
FSHB
Fallout Safe Height of Burst
FSI
Foreign Service Institute
FSIC
Forward Sensor Interface and Control
FSK
(1) Field Station, Korea; (2) Frequency Shift Keying
FSM
Federated States of Micronesia
FSO
(1) Foreign Service Officer; (2) Fire Support Officer
FSOC
Fairchild Satellite Operations Center
FSOF
Forward Special Operations Facility
FSP
Fire Support Plan
FSRS
Functional Security Requirements Specification
FSS
(1) Fast Sealift Ship; (2) FAISS SID System; (3) Fixed Satellite Services
FSSG
Force Service Support Group (USMC)
FSST
Forward Space Support in Theater
FST
(1) Future Strategic Targets; (2) Future Soviet Tank
FSTC
Foreign Science and Technology Center (archaic; now NGIC)
FSTS
Federal Security Telephone Service
FSU
Former Soviet Union
FSV
Fire Support Vehicle
FSVS
Future Secure Voice System
FSWDS
Fixed-Site Warning & Detection System
FT
(1) Fort; (2) Foot
FT-1
Fractional T-1
FTA
(1) Field Training Area; (2) Functions, Tasks, and Activities
FTAM
File Transfer Access Management
FTC
(1) Fast Time Constant (ECCM); (2) Federal Trade Commission
FTD
Foreign Technology Division (USAF)
FTDB
Foreign Technology Data Base
FTI
Fixed Target Indicator
FTL
Future Target List
FTLS
(1) Future Target List-Strategic; (2) Formal Top-Level Specification
FTM
Full-Time Manning
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
FTPS
FORSCOM Topographic Production System (Facility)
FTR
Fighter
FTS
(1) Fleet Telecommunications System; (2) Federal
Telecommunications
System; (3) Federal Telephone System; (4) Flight Training Squadron
FTS
2000 Federal Telephone System 2000
FTSC
Fleet Technical Support Center
FTU
Forecast Tactical Unit
FTX
Field Training Exercise
FU
Forecast Unit
FUD
Full Unit Designator
FUE
First Unit Equipped
FUNT
French Underground Nuclear Test
FUSS
Fleet Undersea Surveillance System
FUWOB
Forward Unconventional Warfare Operations Base
FV
Fighting Vehicle
FVS
Foreign Visits System
FW
(1) Fighter Wing; (2) Fixed-Wing
FWAIS
Free-World Air Intelligence Study
FWAOB
Free-World Air Order of Battle
Fwd
Forward
FWE
Foreign Weapons Evaluation
FWIC
Fighter Weapon School Intelligence Course
FWVP
Fallout Wind Vector Plot
FY
Fiscal Year
FYDP
(1) Fiscal Year Defense Program/Plan; (2) Five-Year Defense Program; (3) Future Years Defense Program
FYI
For Your Information
FYIP
Five-Year Intelligence Plan
FYMOP
Five-Year Master Objectives Plan
FYP
Five-Year Plan (FSU)
FYROM
Federal Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
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