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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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O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

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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