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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  L

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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LAAIB
Latin American Air Intelligence Brief
LAAM
Light Anti-Aircraft Missile
LAB
Laboratory
LABS
Laboratories
LAD
Launch Assist Device
LADD
Low Angle Drogue Delivery
LAEO
Low-Altitude Electro-Optical
LAEWWING
Light-Airborne Early Warning Wing
LAF
Launch Alert Folder
LAFTA
Latin America Free Trade Association
LAGEOS
Laser Geodynamic Satellite
LAI
(1) Light Armored Infantry; (2) Look-Down Air Intercept
LAL
Library Accessions List
LALO
Low-Altitude Low-Opening
LAM
Louisiana Maneuvers
LAMM
Land Armament and Manpower Model
LAMP
Lockwood Analytical Method for Prediction LAMPS (1) Light Airborne Multipurpose System; (2) LANTCOM Message Processing System
LAN
Local Area Network
LANDCENT
Land Forces Central Region
LANDSAT
Land Satellite (Commercial Multi-Spectral)
LANDSOUTH
Land Forces Southern Region
LANFORSIXTHFLT
Landing Force Sixth Fleet
LANL
Los Alamos National Laboratory
LANT
Atlantic
LANTAF
Atlantic Command Air Forces
LANTAREA
Atlantic Area
LANTCOM
Atlantic Command (now ACOM)
LANTCOMDIS
Atlantic Command Deployable Intelligence System
LANTCOM
JIC Atlantic Command Joint Intelligence Center (AIC)
LANTDAC
Atlantic Command Defense Analysis Center
LANTDIS
USACOM Deployable Intelligence System
LANTFLT
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
LANTIRN
Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for
Night
LANTIS
Atlantic Intelligence Supplement
LANUP
Local Area Network Upgrades
LANWAN
Local Area Network/Wide Area Network
LAR
Laser-Aided Rocket
LARB
Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion
LARS
Light Artillery Rocket System
LAS
Land Analysis System
LASA
Light Armed Surveillance Attack
LASER
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LASERFAX
Secure System for Transmitting Photos
LASH
Lighter Aboard Ship
LASINT
Laser Intelligence
LASTE
Low-Altitude Safety Targeting Enhancement
LAT
Latitude
LATAM
Latin America
LATIN
Atlantic Command Theater Intelligence Network
LATS
Large Aperture Tracking System
LATWING
Light Attack Wing
LAV
Light Armored Vehicle (non-tactical)
LAW
Light Antitank Weapon
LAWS
Long-Range Cruise Missile Analysis and Warning System
LB
Live Broadcast
Lb
Pound
L-BAND
1 to 2 GHz
LBR
Laser Beam Recorder
lbs
(LB) Pounds
LBSR
Lightweight Battlefield Surveillance Radar
LC
(1) Library of Congress; (2) Line of Contact
LCAC
Landing Craft, Air Cushion
LCC
(1) Amphibious Command Ship; (2) Logistics
Coordination
Center; (3) Launch Control Center; (4) Land Component Commander
LCC-IC
Amphibious Command Ship-Intelligence Center
LCD
Liquid Crystal Display
LCE
Liaison Coordination Element (Special Operations Liaison Team in Coalition Operations)
LCF
Launch Control Facility
LCM
(1) Medium Landing Craft; (2) Life Cycle Management
LCP
(1) Personnel Landing Craft; (2) Launching Control Post
LCPR
Ramped Personnel Landing Craft
LCS
Low-Cost Satellite
LCSMM
Life Cycle Support Management Model
LCSR
Swimmer Reconnaissance Landing Craft
LCU
(1) Utility Landing Craft; (2) Launch Correlation Unit
LCW
Special Warfare Support Craft
LCWS
Low-Cost Workstation
LD
(1) Line of Departure; (2) Laser Defense
LDC
(1) Less-Developed Country; (2) Local Data Concentrator; (3) Light-Weight Deployable Communication; (4) Land Defense of CONUS
LDEF
Long Duration Exposure Facility
LDF
Lightweight Digital Facsimile
LDIS
Library Document Inventory System
LDM
Limited Distance Modems
LDMX
Local Digital Message Exchange
LDR
Low Data Rate
LDS
Laser Detection System
LDSD
Lookdown/Shootdown
LDT
Large Diameter Target
LDX
Long-Distance XEROX
LEA
Law Enforcement Agency
LEAD
(1) Low-Cost Encryption/Authentication Device; (2) List of Emerging Activations and Dispositions
LEAF
Law Enforcement Access Field
LEASAT
(1) Leased Satellite; (2) Leased System
LED
Light Emitting Diode
LEDS
Link 11 Display System
LEM
Land Engagement Model
LEN
Large Extension Node
LENSCE
Limited Enemy Situation Correlation Element
LEP
Linear Error Probable
LEPCU
Lightweight Environmental Protection Combat Uniform
LEO
Low Earth Orbit
LEO
COM Low Earth Orbit Data Communications
LERTCON
Alert Condition
LES
(1) Leading Edge Services; (2) Land Earth Station; (3) Limited Effects Submunition
LEW
Limited Effects Weapons
LEXIS
Meade Data Central Legal Service
LF
(1) Low Frequency; (2) Launch Facility; (3) Landing Force
LF6F
Landing Force 6th Feet
LFC
Large Format Camera
LFICS
Landing Force Integrated Communications System
LFM
Landing Force Manual
LFOC
Landing Force Operations Center
LFOV
Limited Field of View
LFR
Inshore Fire Support Ship
LFRSV
Launch-Fly-Recover Space Vehicle
LFS
Amphibious Warfare Fire Support Ship
LG
ACC Director of Logistics
LGB
Laser-Guided Bomb
LHA
Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose)
LHA-IC
Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose)-Intelligence Center
LHD
Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship
L-HOUR
Hour on C-Day when deployment begins
LHR
Low Hop Rate
LHW
Lower High Water
LHX
Lightweight Helicopter
LIC
Low-Intensity Conflict
LIDAR
Light Detection and Ranging
LIGHTSAT
Lightweight Satellite
LIMDIS
(1) Limited Dissemination; (2) Limited Distribution
LIME
Laser-Induced Magnetic Emissions
LIMMER
Limited Control of Merchant Shipping
LIN
LANTCOM Intelligence Network
LINCS
Long-Range Intelligence Networked Communications Service
LIR
Launch and Impact Report
LISS
LANTCOM Intelligence Support System
LITE
Laptop Imagery Transmission Equipment
LITES
Laser Intercept and Technical Exploitation System
LITINT
Literature Intelligence
LIVID
Language Identification and Voice Identification
LIWA
Land Information Warfare Activity
LJ
Laser Jet
LKA
Amphibious Cargo Ship
LKG
Loop Key Generator
LL
(1) Landline; (2) Latent Lethal Dose
LLLTV/IR
Low-Light-Level TV/Infrared
LLSO
Low-Level Source Operations (CI/HUMINT)
LLTV
Low-Light-Level Television
LLNL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
LLO
Land Liaison Office
LLW
Lower Low Water
LLVI
Low-Level Voice Intercept
LMBB
GENSER Intelligence Broadcast
LMCC
LOCE Mobile Correlation Center
LMD
Local Management Device
LMD-KP
Local Management Device/Key Processor
LME
Layer Management Entry
LMI
Layer Management Interface
LMR
Land Mobile Radio
LMRDFS
Lightweight Man-Transportable Radio Direction Finding
System
LMS
(1) Local Monitor Station; (2) Least Means Squared
LMSR
Large Medium Speed RO/RO
LNA
Low Noise Amplifier
LNE
Liaison Element
LNG
Liquefied Natural Gas
LNIS
Atlantic Command Naval Intelligence Summary
LNO
(1) Limited Nuclear Option; (2) Liaison Officer
LNU
Last Name Unknown
LO
(1) Liaison Officer; (2) Low Observables
LO/LO
Lift-On/Lift-Off
LOA
(1) Letter of Agreement; (2) Lead Operational Authority; (3) Letter of Assist
LOAC
Law of Armed Conflict
LOB
Line of Bearing
LOC(S)
(1) Line(s) of Communication; (2) Library of Congress; (3) Launch Operations Center; (4) Liaison Officer Coordinator; (5) Location; (6) ILS Localizer
LOCD
Lines of Communication Designators
LOCE
(1) Limited Operational Capability, Europe; (2) Linked Operations-Intelligence Centers Europe
LOCK
Logical Co-Processing Kernel
LOD
Low-Observable Demonstrations
LOFAR
Low-Frequency Analysis and Recording
LOG
Logistics
LOGCAP
Logistics Civil Augmentation Program
LOGEX
Logistics Exercise
LOGS
Logistics
LOI
(1) Letter of Instruction; (2) Location of Interest
LON
Longitude
LONG
Longitude
LORAD
Long-Range Air Defense
LORAN
Long-Range Navigation
LOROP
Long-Range Oblique Photography
LOROPS
(1) Long-Range Optical System; (2) Long-Range Oblique Photographic Sensor
LOS
(1) Line of Sight; (2) Law of the Sea
LOTS
(1) Lighter Over the Shore; (2) Logistics Over the Shore
LOW
(1) Laws of War; (2) Launch on Warning
LOX
Liquid Oxygen
LP
Listening Post
LPA
Amphibious Personnel Transport
LPAR
Large Phased-Array Radar
LPC
Linear Predictive Coding
LPD
(1) Amphibious Assault Transport Dock; (2) Low Probability of Detection
LPD/I
Low Probability of Detection/Intercept
LPF
Low Pass Filter
LPG
Liquefied Natural Gas
LPH
Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)
LPI
(1) Low Probability Intercept; (2) Lines per Inch
LPO
Leading Petty Officer
LPR
Amphibious Transport (Small)
LPS
(1) Logistics Planning Study; (2) Large Processing Station
LPSS
Amphibious Transport Submarine
LPT
Logistics Preparation of the Theater
LRA
Long-Range Aviation (FSU)
LRAA
Long-Range Air Army (FSU)
LRAACA
Long-Range Air-ASW Capable Aircraft
LRAAM
Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile
LRC
(1) Logistics Readiness Center; (2) Logistics Resupply Center; (3) Lesser Regional Contingency; (4) Limited Regional Conflict; (5) Limited Regional Contingency
LRCM
Long-Range Cruise Missile
LRCS
Light-Reaction Communications System
LRE
Launch and Recovery Element
LREO
Long Range Electro-Optical
LRINF
Longer Range Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces
LRIP
Limited/Low-Rate Initial Production
LRL
Low-Cost Receive Location
LRM
Low-Rate Multiplexer
LRP
(1) Low-Rate Production; (2) Long-Range Plan; (3) Limited Response Package
LRR
Long-Range Reconnaissance
LRRP
Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol
LRSC
Long-Range Surveillance Company
LRSO
Long-Range Surveillance Out-Post
LRSP
(1) Long-Range Surveillance Plan; (2) Long-Range Systems Plan
LRSPRAC
Long-Range Special Reporting and Coordination
LRSTIA
Long-Range Scientific and Technical Intelligence Assessment
LRSU
Long-Range Surveillance Unit
LRTNF
Long-Range Theater Nuclear Forces
LRU
Line-Replaceable Unit
LSA
(1) Logistics Support Analysis; (2) LAN Systems Administrator
LSB
Lower Sideband
LSC
Linear Shaped Charge
LSCS
Logistics Support Command, Somalia
LSD
(1) Landing Ship, Dock; (2) Lease Separation Distance
LSDV
Swimmer Delivery Vehicle
LSE
Logistic Support Element
LSG
Large-Scale Graphics
LSI
Large-Scale Integration
LSM
Medium Amphibious Assault Landing Ship
LSP
Launch Sequence Plan
LSS
Library Support System
LSSA
Logistic System Support Activity
LSSC
Light Seal Support Craft
LST
(1) Amphibious Vehicle Landing Ship; (2) Local Standard Time
LST-5C
Deployable Satellite Terminal
LSV
Light Strike Vehicle
LT
(1) Light Table (2) Light
LTAC
Land Terminal Access Control
LTAS
Lightweight Tactical Army Satellite Communications System
LTBT
Limited Test Ban Treaty
Ltd
Limited
LTDP
NATO Long-Term Defense Program
LTDS
Laser Target Designator System
LTI
Lightweight Thermal Imager
LTID
Laser Target Interface Device
LTIOV
Latest Time Information of Value
LTMS
Light Table Mensuration System
LTOE
Living Table of Organization and Equipment
LUA
Launch Under Attack
LUT
Limited User Test
LVDS
Low-Volume Dissemination System
LW
Low Water
LWA
Light Weight Aircraft
LWIR
Long-Wavelength Infrared
LWM
Lightweight Motor
LWOP
Leave Without Pay
LWR
Lutheran World Relief, Inc
LWT
Amphibious Warping Tug
LZ
Landing Zone
LZCT
Landing Zone Control Team
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