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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  K

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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K: Kelvin (absolute temperature scale)
KAC: Korea Analysis Center
KADIZ: Korean Air Defense Identification Zone
KAIS: Korean Air Intelligence System
KAK: Key-Auto-Key
KAL: Key Asset List
KALCC: Korean Airlift Control Center
KAPP: Key Asset Protection Program
KAWS: Korean Analyst Workstation
KB: (1) Kilobyte; (2) Knowledgeability Brief
Kbps: Kilobits Per Second (also KPS)
KBS: Knowledge-Based System
KBYTES: Kilobytes
KCG: Korean Consultative Group
KCIA: Korean Central Intelligence Agency
KCOIC: Korean Combat/Combined Operations Intelligence Center
KCSS: Korean Combat Support System
KDC: Key Distribution Center
KDEI: Key Defense Estimates Issues
KDIA: Korean Defense Intelligence Agency
KDII: Key Defense Intelligence Issues
KE: Kinetic Energy
KEK: Key Encryption Key
KELP: Kaleidoscope Elint Processor
KEW: Kinetic Energy Weapon
KG: (1) Kilogram; (2) Key Generator
KGB: Committee for State Security (FSU)
KH: Keyhole
KHA: Killed by Hostile Action
KHz: Kilohertz
KIA: Killed in Action
KIA-BNR: Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered
KIAS: Knots Indicated Air Speed
KIES: Kodak Imagery Exploitation System
KIEWS: Kodak Imagery Edit Workstation
KILLREP: Kill Report
KILLSUM: Kill Summary
KILOD: Killed in the Line of Duty
KIP: (1) Key Intelligence Position; (2) Key Indigenous Personnel
KIPPL: Key Intelligence Program Priorities List
KISS: (1) Korean Intelligence Support System; (2) Keep It Simple, Stupid
KIWS: KISS Intelligence Workstation
KJ: (1) Kilojoules; (2) Key Judgments
KM: Kilometer
KMASE: Key Management Application Service Element
KMC: Key Management Center
KM/HR: Kilometers Per Hour
KMODC: Key Management Ordering and Distribution Center
KMID: Key Management Identification Number
KMP: Key Management Protocol
KMPDU: Key Management Protocol Data Unit
KMR: Kwajalein Missile Range
KMS: Key Management System
KMSA: Key Management System Agent
KMUA: Key Management User Agent
KN: Knot
knots: Nautical Miles per hour
KP: Key Processor
KPH: Kilometers Per Hour
KPK: Key Production Key
KRB: Kirt Roland Blattenberger
KS: South Korea (ROK)
KSA: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
KSC: Kennedy Space Center
KSOS: Kernelized Secure Operating System
KT: (1) Kiloton; (2) Knot
KTAS: Knots True Airspeed
KTO: Kuwait Theater of Operations
KTTP: Korean Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
Ku: A Satellite Frequency Band
KUSLO: U.S. Liaison Office-Kenya
KW: Kilowatt
KWH: Kilowatt Hours
KVG: Key Variable Generator
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