Glossary

The Alphabet of Assassination

Out. 15 2015 — 11:59am

A guide to the acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms used in The Drone Papers. We defer to definitions provided in the source text where available; other interpretations are based on open source material.

A

ABI
Activity-Based Intelligence
ADNI/SRA
Asst. Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses
AF/AFG
Afghanistan
AFO
Advance Force Operations
AFRICOM
U.S. Africa Command
ANSF
Afghan National Security Forces
AO
Area of Operations
AOR
Area of Responsibility
AQ
Al Qaeda
AQ FAC
Al Qaeda Facilitator
AQIM
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
AQSL
Al Qaeda Senior Leadership
AP
Arabian Peninsula
APG
Aerial Precision Geolocation
AUMF
Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001)

B

BBC
Baseball Card
BDA
Battle Damage Assessment
BDL
Bed-Down Location

C

CAOC
Combined Air and Space Operations Center
CAP
Combat Air Patrol
CAPE
Department of Defense Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
CCMD
Combatant Command
CDE
Collateral Damage Environment
CELLEX
Cellular Exploitation
CF
Coalition Forces
CIVCAS
Civilian Casualties
CJSOTF
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force
C-LRA
Counter-Lord’s Resistance Army
CNO
Computer Network Operations
CoM
Chief of Mission (Ambassador)
COMINT
Communications Intelligence
CONOP
Concept of Operations
CoS
Chief of Station (CIA)
CT
Counterterrorism

D

DNR COMINT
Dial Number Recognition Communications Intelligence
DOD
Department of Defense
DOMEX
Document and Media Exploitation

E

EA
East Africa
EKIA
Enemy Killed in Action
EWIA
Enemy Wounded in Action

F

F3EA
Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit/Analyze
FFF
Find, Fix, Finish
FMV or HD FMV
Full Motion Video or High Definition Full Motion Video
FOB
Forward Operating Base
FS
Fire Scout (unmanned helicopter)
FVEY
Five Eyes

G

GCC
Geographic Combatant Command
GOCO
Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated
GSM
Global System for Mobile Communication

H

HN
Host Nation
HOA
Horn of Africa
HUJI
Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami
HUMINT or HI
Human Intelligence
HVI
High-Value Individual

I

IC
Intelligence Community
IED
Improvised Explosive Device
IIR
Intelligence Information Report
IMINT
Imagery Intelligence
ISAF
International Security Assistance Force
IPB
Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace
IPOE
Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment
ISR
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
IZ
Iraq

J

J2
Intelligence Directorate of a Joint Staff
J5
Plans Directorate of a Joint Staff
JP
Jackpot
JTL
Joint Target List
JWICS
Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System
JPEL
Joint Prioritized Effects List

L

LeT
Lashkar-e-Taiba

M

MAM
Military-Age Male
MARSOC
Marine Corps Special Operations Command
MC-12
Manned surveillance aircraft
MEDEX
Media Exploitation
MFW
Medium Fixed-Wing (manned aircraft)
MQ-1
General Atomics Predator drone
MQ-9
General Atomics Reaper drone

N

NAI
Named Area of Interest
NAVAF
U.S. Naval Forces Africa
NSB
Yemeni National Security Bureau

O

OEF
Operation Enduring Freedom
OIF
Operation Iraqi Freedom
OBJ
Objective
ODTAAC
Outside a Defined Theater of Active Armed Conflict
OPTEMPO
Operational Tempo
OPSEC
Operations Security
OSD
Office of Secretary of Defense

P

PACOM
U.S. Pacific Command
PAX
Passengers
PDC/PC
Principals’ Deputies Committee / Principals Committee
P-3
P-3 Orion (manned surveillance plane)
PID
Positive Identification
PKM
Machine gun
PTT COMINT
Push-to-Talk Communications Intelligence
POL
Pattern of Life
POTUS
President of the United States

R

ROE
Rules of Engagement
ROYG
Republic of Yemen Government
RPA
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drone)

S

SE
Scan Eagle (surveillance drone)
SECDEF
Secretary of Defense
SIGINT or SI
Signals Intelligence
SITREP
Situation Report
SME
Subject Matter Expert
SNA
Social Network Analysis
SOCOM
U.S. Special Operations Command
SRA
See ADNI/SRA

T

TADS
Terror Attack Disruption Strikes
TB
Taliban
TF
Task Force
TIR
Tactical Interrogation Report
TTP
Tactics, Techniques, Procedures; Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan

U

U-28
Manned surveillance plane

V

VBIED
Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device
VEO
Violent Extremist Organization
VID
Voice ID
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