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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  P

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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P
Peacetime
P2E2I
Pre-Planned Essential Elements of Information
P-3H
Land-Based Anti-Submarine Warfare Patrol Aircraft (re-engined)
P3I
Pre-Planned Product Improvement
PA
(1) Pulse Amplitude; (2) Probability of Arrival; (3) Public Affairs; (4) Preliminary Assessment; (5) Proper Authority
PAA
(1) Primary Aircraft Authorized; (2) Peer Access Approval
PA
ANG Pennsylvania Air National Guard
PAATS
Precision Approach Area Tracking System
PABX
Private Access Branch Exchange
PAC
Pacific
PACAF
Pacific Air Forces
PACCAAT
USPACOM Command and Control AUTODIN Access Terminal
PACCS
Post-Attack Command and Control System
PACE
Portable Acoustic Collection Equipment
PACFAST
Pacific Forward Area Support Team
PACFLT
Pacific Fleet
PACOM
U.S. Pacific Command
PACOPS
Pacific Air Force Operations
PACTAIS
Pacific Theater Air Intelligence System
PACTIDS
PACOM Theater Intelligence Data System
PACVTCN
Pacific Video Teleconferencing Network
PAD
Program Action Directive
PADAR
Passive Airborne Detection & Ranging
PA&E
Program Analysis and Evaluation
PAE
Peer Access Enforcement
PAF
Production Analysis and Fusion
PAI
Project Assignment Instruction
PAIDS
PACOM Area Imagery Distribution System
PAIS
(1) Personnel Authentication Identification System; (2) Prototype Advanced Indicator System; (3) Pacific Air
Intelligence
System
PAL
Permissive Action Link
PALAPA
Indonesian Satellite
PALS
Photo Area & Location System
PAM
(1) Payload Assist Module; (2) Penetration Augmented Munition
PAMIS
Psychological Operations Automated Management Information
System
PANAMSAT
PAN American Satellite (Communications System)
PANMAN
Panama Metropolitan Area Network
PAO
(1) Product Activity/Operational Code; (2) Public Affairs Officer
PAOC
PACAF Air Operations Center
PAR
(1) Precision Approach Radar; (2) Perimeter Acquisition Radar; (3) Phased-Array Radar; (4) Population at Risk; (5) Program
Assessment
Review
PARCS
(1) Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack; (2) Perimeter Acquisition Characterization System
PARINT
Partial Intercept
PARIS
Pacific Army Intelligence System
PARMIS
Peacetime Airborne Reconnaissance Management Information
System
PARPRO
(1) Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance Program; (2) Preplanned Application of Reconnaissance Programs
PAS
(1) Plans and analysis Staff; (2) Pan American Satellite
PASEP
Passed Separately
PASS
(1) Photo Interpretation Analyst Support System; (2) PACOM IPAC Intelligence Computer System Analyst Support System; (3) PACOM ADP Server Site
PASS-E
USPACOM ADP Server Site-EASTPAC
PASSEX
Passing Exercise (Naval)
PASS-H
USPACOM ADP Server Site, Hawaii
PASS-J
USPACOM ADP Server Site, Japan
PASS-K
USPACOM ADP Server Site, Korea
PAT
(1) Payload Associated Transporter; (2) Planning Assistance Team; (3) Process Action Team
PATREP
Patrol Report
PATRIOT
Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target
PATRIOT
PAC III Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target Advanced
Capability
III
PATRON
Patrol Squadron (Navy)
PATWING
Patrol Wing
PAVE
USAF Programs Connected (Night) Avionics, Target
Designators,
Vision
PAWS
(1) Portable Analyst Work Station; (2) Prototype Analytical Workstation; (3) Portable ASAS Workstation
PAX
Passengers
PB
(1) Particle Beam; (2) Patrol Boat
PB(A)(H)
Patrol Boat (Air Cushion) (Hydrofoil)
PBAC
Program Budget Activity Committee
PBC
Program and Budget Committee
PBD
(1) Program Budget Decision; (2) Patrol Boat Drone
PBEIST
Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport
PBL
Patrol Boat, Light
PBN
Public Broadcasting Network
PBOS
Planning Board for Ocean Shipping
PBR
(1) River/Roadstead Patrol Boat (Navy); (2) Precision Bombing Range
PBTN
Panama Backbone Transport Network
PBV
Post-Boost Vehicle
PBW
Particle Beam Weapon
PBX
Private Branch Exchanges
PC
(1) Patrol Craft; (2) Positive Control; (3) Production Control; (4) Personal Computer; (5) Project Coordinator; (6) Parallel Computing; (7) Provide Comfort; (8) Patrol Coastal
PCA
Point of Closest Approach
PCAC
Primary Collection and Analysis Center
PCC
(1) POADS Computer Center; (2) Program Coordinating Committee
PCD
(1) Program Change Decision; (2) Positive Control Document
PCE
Patrol Escort
PCF(A)(H)
Fast Patrol Craft (Air Cushion) (Hydrofoil)
PCFS
Fire Support Patrol Craft
PCH
Patrol Craft (Hydrofoil)
PC
II PROVIDE COMFORT II
PCL
Parallel Communications Link
PCM
Pulse Code Modulation
PCMCIA
Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PCN
(1) Production Control Number; (2) Packet Switching Node; (3) Personal Communications Networking
PCP
(1) Project Concept Proposal; (2) Program Change Proposal
PCR
(1) Performance and Cost Report; (2) Program Change Request
PCS
(1) Publication Control Sheet; (2) Permanent Change of Station; (3) Submarine Chaser; (4) Personal Communications System; (5) Primary Control Station
PCS/UPT
Personal Communications Services/Universal Personal Telecommunications
PCSF
Fire Support Patrol Craft
PCT
Training Patrol Craft
PCTN
Pacific Consolidated Telecommunications Network
PCTCS
Pentagon Center Telecommunications System
PCZ
Protected Communications Zone
PD
(1) Probability of Damage; (2) Presidential Directive; (3) Pulse Duration; (4) Passive Detection; (5) Point Detonation (Fuse)
PDA
Personal Digital Assistant
PDB
PSYOP Dissemination Battalion
PDC
Propaganda Development Center
PDD
Presidential Decision Directive
PDI
Principal Deputy for Intelligence
PDF
Panamanian Defense Force
PDL
Program Design Language
PDM
(1) Program Decision Memorandum; (2) Pulse Duration Modulation
PDMS
Point Defense Missile Systems
PDMT
Pursuit Deterrent Munition Trainer
PDOP
Position Dilution of Precision
PDP
(1) Program Decision Paper; (2) Programmable Data Processor
PDR
Preliminary Design Review
PDS
(1) Passive Detection System; (2) Power Distribution System; (3) Production Deconfliction System; (4) Protected Distribution
System
PDSC PACOM Data Systems Center
PDSS
Post-Deployment Software Support
PDU
Protocol Data Unit
PDUSD(A&T)
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Technology)
PE
(1) Probable Error; (2) Personnel Equipment; (3) Program Element; (4) Preliminary Exploitation; (5) Peace Enforcement
PEAD
Presidential Emergency Affairs Documents
PEAS
(1) Psychological Operations Effectiveness Analysis Subsystem; (2) PSYOP Effects Analysis System
PEC
(1) Pacific Command Electronic Intelligence Center; (2) Program Element Code
PEG
(1) Photo Exploitation Group; (2) Priority Exploitation Group; (3) Priorities for ELINT Guidance; (4) Program Element Group
PEH
Probable Error in Height
PEI
Production Enhancement Initiative
PEILS
PACOM Executive Intelligence Summary
PEM
(1) Purchased Equipment Maintenance; (2) Program Element Monitor
PEO
Peace Enforcement Operation
PEOC4I
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence
PEP
Photographic Exploitation Products
PER
Personnel
PERIGEE
Perspective Image Generation and Exploitation System
PERINTREP
Periodic Intelligence Report
PERINTSUM
Periodic Intelligence Summary
PERM
Processless Electron Recording Media
PERMCERT
Permanent Certification
PERSCON
Personal Contact
PEO
Program Executive Officer
PEO-CCS
PEO Command and Control Systems
PERSEC
Personnel Security
PERT
Program Evaluation and Review Technique
PES
Positive Enable System
PESM
Passive Electronic Support Measures
PF
Protection Factor
PFADS
Psychological Operations Foreign Area Data Subsystem
PFD
Power Flux Density
PFIAB
President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
PFLP
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
PFM
Production Functional Manager
PFOD
Presumptive Finding of Death
PG
(1) Patrol Combatant; (2) Persian Gulf; (3) Precision Guidance
PGDR
Portable Data Reduction System
PGF
Patrol Ship
PGG
Guided-Missile Patrol Combatant
PGH
Patrol Gunboat (Hydrofoil)
PGIP
Postgraduate Intelligence Program
PGM
Precision-Guided Munitions
PGR
Reconnaissance Patrol Combatant
PGW
Precision Guided Weapon
PGSS
Publications and Graphics Subsystem
PHD
Phase History Data
PHIBGRU
Amphibious Group
PHIBRON
Amphibious Squadron
PHIGS
Programmer’s Hierarchical Interactive Graphics
PHM
Patrol Combatant Missile (Hydrofoil)
PHOTOINT
Photographic Intelligence
PHOTORECON
Photographic Reconnaissance
PHS
Public Health Service
PHYSEC
Physical Security
PI
(1) Photographic Interpretation/Interpreter; (2) Principal Investigator
PIAC
PACOM Intelligence Architecture Committee
PIB
(1) PACOM Intelligence Board; (2) Photo Interpretation Brief
PIC
(1) Pacific Imagery Processing and Interpretation Center; (2) Parent Indicator Code; (3) Processing and Interpretation Center
PICON
Portable ICON
PIF
(1) Processing and Interpretation Facility; (2) Project Investment Fund
PIGS
Passive Infrared Guidance System
PIICS
PACOM - Intelligence Computer System
PILOT
Phased Integrated Laser Optics Technology
PIM
Path of Intended Movement
PIN
(1) Preliminary Imagery Nomination File; (2) Photographic
Intelligence
Note; (3) Personal Increment Number; (4) Plan Identification Number; (5) Personal Identification Number; (6) PACOM Intelligence Net
PINES
PACAF Interim National Exploitation Segment/System
PIP
(1) Project Implementation Plan; (2) Product Improvement Package
PIR
(1) Photo Interpretation Report; (2) Priority Intelligence Requirement
PIRATE
Portable Imagery Receive and Transmission Equipment
PIREP
Pilot Report
Pixel
Picture Element
PJ
Pararescue Jumper
PK
(1) Probability of Kill; (2) Soviet (FSU) Light Machinegun; (3) Peacekeeping
PKA
Public Key Algorithm
PKC
Public Key Cryptography
PKK
Kurdistan Worker’s Party
PKO
Peace-Keeping Operation
PKSD
Programmable Key Storage Device
PL
(1) Phase Line; (2) Plans and Operations Division; (3) Public Law
PLA
(1) Plain Language Address; (2) People’s Liberation Army (China)
PLARS
Position Locating and Reporting System
PLGR
Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver
PLL
Prescribed Load List
PLNG
Planning
PLRS
Position Location Reporting System
PLO
Palestinian Liberation Organization
PLP
PSYOP Leaflet Payload
PLS
Pre-Launch Survivability
PLSDU
Physical Layer Service Data Unit
PLSS
U.S. Precision Location Strike System
PLT/Plt
Platoon
PM
(1) Preventive Maintenance; (2) Post Meridian (after noon); (3) Prime Mover; (4) Preventive Medicine; (5) Program Manager; (6) Prime Minister; (7) Provost Marshall; Project Manager; (8) Production Manager; (9) Peacemaking
PMATS
Program Management Automated Tool Set
PMB
Program Management Board
PME
Professional Military Education
PMF
Project Management File
PMGM
Program Manager’s Guidance Memorandum
PMIS
(1) Personnel Management Information System; (2) PSYOP Management Information Subsystem
PMO
(1) Program Management Office; (2) Project Management Office
P
Model Preproduction Model
PMP
Program Management Plan
PMPTS
Program Management Performance Tracking System
PMR
Primary Mission Readiness
PMRP
Program Manager’s Recommended Program
PMS
(1) Project Management System; (2) Preventive Maintenance System; (3) Precision Mensuration Software
PMSP
Preliminary Message Security Protocol
PMTC
Pacific Missile Test Center (Navy)
PN
Packet Network
PNAF
Prime Nuclear Airlift Force
PNCC
PASS Network Control Center
PNEK
Post-Nuclear-Event Key
PNE(T)
Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (Treaty)
PNG
Persona Non Grata
PNL
Prescribed Nuclear Load
PNUTS
Possible Nuclear Underground Test Site
PNVS
Pilot Night Vision System
PO
(1) Petty Officer; (2) Peace Operations
POA&M
(1) Plan of Action and Milestones; (2) Plan of Attack and Milestones
POADS
Psychological Operations Automated Data System
POAS
Psychological Operations Automation System
POB
(1) Place of Birth; (2) Psychological Operations Battalion
POC
(1) Point of Contact; (2) Program of Cooperation; (3) Psychological Operations Company
POC/ET
Proof of Concept/Experimental Testbed
POCS
Portable Oxygen Charging System
POD
Port of Debarkation
POE
(1) Plan of Execution; (2) Point of Entry; (3) Port of Embarkation
POES
Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite
POG
Psychological Operations Group
POI
Program of Instruction
POL
(1) Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants; (2) Political
POL-MIL
Political-Military
POLAD
Political Advisor
POM
(1) Program Objective Memorandum; (2) Preparation for Overseas Movement
POMCUS
Prepositioned Organizational Materiel Configured in Unit Sets
POOS
Parachute Offset Oxygen System
POP
Point of Presence
POR
Preparation for Oversees Replacement
PORTS
(JOPES) (1) Portable Remote Telecommunications System; (2) Seaports Files; (3) Portable Receive and Transmit System
PORTS-1N
Portable Receive and Transmit System - 1N
PORTSREP
Ports Report File (JCS/J-3)
Pos
Position
POSIX
Preliminary Open System Interface Standard
Pos-Nav
Positioning and Navigation
POST
Prototype Ocean Surveillance Terminal
POTBI
Places, Organizations, Things, Biographics, Intangibles
POTF
Psychological Operations Task Force
POV
Privately Owned Vehicle
POW
Prisoner of War
POWERR
Prototype Workstation for Electronic Warfare and Radio
PP
Preprogramed
PPO
Pilot and Payload Operator
PPBES
Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution System
PPBS
Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System
PPC
Printing and Publications Center
PPDB
Point Positioning Data Base
PPF
Photographic Processing Facility
PPGM
Planning and Programming Guidance Memorandum
PPI
Pulse Position Indicator
PPIF
Photographic Processing and Interpretation Facility
PPL
Preferred Products List
PPM
(1) Parts Per Million; (2) Pulse Position Modulation
PPMS
Power Pattern Measurement System
PPS
Precision and Positioning Service
PR
(1) Production Requirement; (2) Personnel Recover
PRA
(1) Permanent Restricted Area; (2) Population Reception Area (NATO)
PRAM
Allied Mine
PRB
Program Review Board
PRBAC
Partition Rule Base Access Control
PRC
(1) Policy Review Committee; (2) People’s Republic of China
PRC(I)
Policy Review Committee (Intelligence) (now SIG(I))
PRCSO
Peacetime Reconnaissance and Certain Sensitive Operations
PRD
(1) Production Responsibilities Document; (2) Presidential Review Directive
PRDA
Photo Reconnaissance Damage Assessment
PREMSS
Photo Reconnaissance and Exploitation Management Support
System
PREP/RAMP
Pre-Edit Processor/Report and Message Processor
PRF
Pulse Repetition Frequency
PRG
Program Review Group
PRGB
Point Reference Guild Book
PRI
(1) Pulse Repetition Interval; (2) Primary Rate Interface
PRIMAC
Production and Inventory Management and Control System
PRM
Presidential Review Memorandum
PROC
Processing/Process
PROCOMM
Terminal Emulation Software for DOS Workstations
PROD
Production
PROG
Program
PROM
Programmable Read-Only Memory
PROPIN
Caution — Proprietary Information Involved
PRP
Portable Radio Program
PRPG
Preliminary Reference Point Graphic
PRS
PACOM Remote System
PRSCO
Peacetime Reconnaissance and Sensitive Collection Operations
PRT
Personal Rapid Transit
PRTB
Soviet (FSU) Mobile Rocket Technical Base
PRU
Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
PS
(1) Processing Station; (2) Processing Segmext; (3) Policy Support
Ps
Permanent snowfields
PSAA
Pacific Special Activities Area
PSAC
President’s Scientific Advisory Committee
PSB
Harbor Patrol Boat
PSC
Principal Subordinate Command (NATO)
PSDU
Physical Layer Service Data Unit
PSI
(1) Pounds Per Square Inch; (2) Personnel Security Investigation
PSK
Phase Shift Keying
PSL
Protected Services List
PSN
(1) Packet Switching Node; (2) Public Switched Network; (3) Packet Switched Network
Psns
Positions
PSO
(1) Protective Structure Only; (2) Personnel Security Office; (3) Post Security Officer
PSP
(1) Pierced Steel Planking; (2) Planning Support Package
PSPS
PSYOP Studies Program Subsystem
PSR
(1) Post-Attack Status Report; (2) Periodic Status Report
PSRC
Presidential Selected Reserve Call-Up
PSS
Packet Switched Service
PST
Pacific Standard Time
PSTN
Public Switched Telecommunications Network
PSYOP
Psychological Operations
PSYOPGP
Psychological Operations Group
PSYWAR
Psychological Warfare
PT
(1) Torpedo Boat; (2) Part Time; (3) Physical Training
Pt
Peat
PTADB
Planning Terrain Analysis Data Base
PTG
Missile Attack Boat
PTGP
Part-Time Graduate Program
PTIAP
PACOM Theater Intelligence Architecture Program
PTL
Small Torpedo Boat
Ptl
Patrol
PTN
Pacific Tributary Network
PTP
(1) Probability to Penetrate; (2) Point-to-Point
PTR/P
Paper Tape Reader/Punch
PTS
Predicasts Terminal System
PTSR
Postmobilization Training Support Requirement
PTSS
Passive Thermal Suppression Suit
PTT
(1) Training Torpedo Boat; (2) Postal, Telephone, and Telegraph; (3) Push to talk
PTTP
USPACOM Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
PTTDS
Projected Target Trends Data Sheet (FTL)
PTTP
USPACOM Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
Pub
Publication
PUG
Partially Underground
PUP
(1) Performance Upgrade Program; (2) Pop-Up Point
PV
Physical Vulnerability
PVDS
Physical Vulnerability Data Sheets
PVITS
Portable Video Imagery Transmission System
PVST
Port Visit
PVO
(1) Air Defense (FSU); (2) Private Voluntary Organization
PVTM
Physical Vulnerability Technical Memorandum
PW
(1) Prisoner(s) of War; (2) Pulse Width
PWDS
Protected Wireline Distribution System
PWHQ
Primary War Headquarters
PWI
PACOM Warning Intelligence
PWIPS
Pre-Launch Warning Intelligence Processing System
PWRS
Prepositioned War Reserve Stock
PZ
Pick-Up Zone
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