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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).

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N

O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

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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