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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  W

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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W: (1) A W prefix to any ship type designates it as subordinated to a quasi-military force;
      (2) Watt
WABNRES: WWMCCS Airborne Resources
WAC: (1) World Aeronautical Chart; (2) World Area Code
WADS: West Air Defense Sector
WAG: World Area Grid
W-CIOC: Wartime Combined Intelligence Operations Center
WAM: WWMCCS ADP Modernization
WAN: Wide-Area Network
WARC: World Administrative Radio Conference
WARLOG: Wartime Logistics
WARM: Wartime Reserve Mode
WAS: Wide-Area Search
WASAS: Weekly All-Source Algerian Situation Report
WASHFAX: Washington Area Secure Facsimile System
WASP: War Air Service Program
WARSIM: War Simulation
WASS: Wide-Area Surveillance System
WASSO: WWMCCS ADP System Security Officer
WATCHCON: Watch Condition
WATS: Wide Area Telecommunications System
WAWS: Washington Area Wideband System
WB: Wideband
WBIS: Wideband Intercept System
WBMS: Wideband Measurement System
WBST: Wideband Subscriber Terminals
WC: (1) Weather Center; (2) Weapon Control
WCCS: Wing Command and Control System
WCG: Workstation Computer Graphics
WDCS: Weapons Data Correlation System
WE: Weather Element
WEBE: Western European Basic Encyclopedia
WECON: Weather Control
WEFAX: Weather Facsimile
WES: WWMCCS Entry System
WESS: Weather Environmental Support System
WESTLANT: Western Atlantic Area (NATO)
WESTPAC/WPAC: Western Pacific
WESTLCF: WES Teleconferencing System
WETM: Cadre Weather Team
WEU: West European Union
WFC: World Food Council
WFOV: Wide Field of View
WFP: World Food Program
WG: (1) Wing; (2) Working Group
WGS: World Geodetic System
WH:White House
WHCA: White House Communications Agency
WHD: Western Hemisphere Defense
WHO: World Health Organization
WHQ: War Headquarters
WHSR: White House Situation Room
WIA: Wounded in Action
WIC: Worldwide Intelligence Conference
WICP: Wing Initial Communications Package
WICS: Worldwide Intelligence Communications System
WIDARSURV: Wide-Area Surveillance
WIFC: Wallops Island Flight Center
WIG: Wing-in-Ground Effect
WIMS: Warning and Indications Monitoring System
WIN: (1) WWMCCS Intercomputer Network; (2) WWMCCS Interconnected Network
WINCO: Warning Intelligence Non-Commissioned Officer
WINCS: WWMCCS Information Network Communications System
WINE: Warning and Indications in Europe
WINK: Warning in Korea
WINTEX: Winter Exercise
WIP: Weekly Intelligence Production Listing
WIR: Weekly Intelligence Review
WIS: (1) Weekly Intelligence Summary; (2) WWMCCS Information System;
         (3) Weaponeering Information Sheet
WISE: Warning Indicators System Europe
WISP: (1) Warning Improvement Study Plan; (2) Wartime Information Security Program;
           (3) Worldwide Intelligence Support Program
WISS: WESTCOM Intelligence Support System
WMD: (1) Western Military District; (2) Weapons of Mass Destruction
WMTR: Western Missile Test Range
WN: Warning-Intelligence Sources and Methods Involved
WNA: Would Not Answer
WN/WNINTEL: Warning Notice-Intelligence Sources and Methods Involved
WNY: Washington Navy Yard
WO: (1) Washington Office; (2) Warrant Officer
W/OAP: With Offset Aim Point
WOC: Wing Operations Center
WORM: Write Once/Read Many
WP: (1) Warsaw Pact; (2) Word Processing
WPC: (1) Warsaw Pact Countries; (2) Word Processing Center; (3) World Peace Council
WPM: Words Per Minute
Wpn: Weapon
WPNS: Weapons
WPNVG: Waterproof Night Vision Goggles
WPRS: War Powers Reporting System
WR: (1) Weapon Radius; (2) Western Range
WRA: Weapon Release Authority
WRM: War Reserve Materiel
WRMS: War Reserve Materiel Stocks
WRNC: Washington National Records Center
WRS: (1) Weapons Recommendation Sheet; (2) War Reserve Stocks
WRSA: War Reserve Stocks for Allies
WRSK: War Readiness Spares Kits
WS: (1) Workstation; (2) Weather Squadron; (3) Weapons School
WSAP: (1) Weapons System Acquisition Program; (2) White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
WSEP: Weapon System Evaluation Program
WSI: Weapons School of Intelligence
WSI/L: War Supporting Industries and Logistics
WSMC: Western Space and Missile Center
WSMR: White Sands Missile Range
WSS: Workfile Support System
WSSIC: Weapon and Space Systems Intelligence Committee
WTM: World Target Mosaic
WTO: (1) Warsaw Treaty Organization; (2) World Treaty Organization
WVRD: World Vision Relief and Development, Inc.
WWABNCP: Worldwide Airborne Command Post
WWCT: Worldwide Color TV
WWDMS: WWMCCS Data Base Management System
WWHFIBSN: Worldwide High Frequency Interlocking Base Station Network
WWIMS: Worldwide Warning Indicator Monitoring System
WWMCCS: Worldwide Military Command and Control System(s)
WWSVCS: Worldwide Secure Voice Conferencing System
WWW: Worldwide Web
WX: Weather
WXFCST: Weather Forecast
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