To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action.
Active Duty (AD)
Full-time duty in the active military service of the United States. This includes members of the Reserve Components serving on active duty or full-time training duty, but does not include full-time National Guard duty.
Active Guard Reserve (AGR)
Active Guard and Reserve members who serve a tour of active duty under Title 10, USC. They are full-time support personnel responsible for organizing, administering, instructing, training and recruiting for the Reserve Components.
Administrative Control (ADCON)
Direction or exercise of authority over subordinate or other organizations with respect to administration and support, including organization of Service forces, control of resources and equipment, personnel management, unit logistics, individual and unit training, readiness, mobilization, demobilization, discipline, and other matters not included in the operational missions of the subordinate or other organizations.
Air and Space Expeditionary Force
Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center
Advanced Extremely High Frequency
This method of fighting forest and wild fires is applied to large areas. The Air Force Reserve uses specially equipped C-130s, a large, cargo aircraft, to carry flame retardant and water to the site where it is dropped. The Air Force Reserve assistance is only requested when all other means of attempting to contain the fire have been exhausted.
Aerial refueling or air-to-air refueling is used to increase the range of aircraft. Air Force Reserve members use KC-135 and KC-10 to refuel a variety of aircraft from fighter jets to huge cargo carriers.
The movement of patients under medical supervision to and between medical treatment facilities by air transportation.
Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force
Air Force Reserve Command
Agile Combat Support (ACS)
Agile Combat Support provides the essential capabilities and functions to deploy, establish, operate and maintain operations of an airbase and the associated services (sustain), and recover coalition air and space forces.
Camp Assistant, an officer on the personal staff of a general, admiral, or other high-ranking commander who acts as his confidential secretary in routine matters.
Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF)
A deployed Numbered Air Force (NAF) or command echelon immediately subordinate to a NAF provided as the US Air Force component command committed to a joint operation.
Air and Space Operations Center (AOC or ASOC)
The principal air operations installation from which aircraft and air warning functions of combat air operations are directed, controlled, and executed. It is the senior agency of the Air Force Component Commander from which command and control of air operations are coordinated with other components and Services.
Air and Space Superiority
The degree of dominance in space of one force over another that permits the conduct of operations by the former and its related land, sea, air, space, and special operations forces at a given time and place without prohibitive interference by the opposing force.
Plan for combat
Air operations conducted to divert, disrupt, delay, or destroy the enemy's military potential before it can be brought to bear effectively against friendly forces, or to otherwise achieve objectives. Air interdiction is conducted at such distance from friendly forces that detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of friendly forces is not required.
Air Reserve Technician Program
Air reserve technicians, commonly referred to as ARTs, are a nucleus of managers, planners and trainers who have knowledge and expertise to smooth Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) units' transition from a peacetime to a wartime environment. They provide management continuity, equipment maintenance and training support to help keep their units combat ready. Air reserve technicians carry dual status, working as full-time civil service employees and as military members in the same AFRC units.
Air superiority is the dominance in the air power of one nation's air force over another's during a military campaign.
That degree of air superiority wherein the opposing air force is incapable of effective interference.
Air Tasking Order (ATO)
A method used to task and disseminate to components, subordinate units, and command and control agencies projected sorties, capabilities and/or forces to targets and specific missions. Normally provides specific instructions to include call signs, targets, controlling agencies, etc., as well as general instructions.
Air Traffic Control
Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air. Air traffic controllers ensuring safe, provide orderly and expeditious flow of traffic and give pilots information on weather, navigation information and NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen).
Airborne Warning and Control System (E-3)
Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) is a radar-based electronic system designed to carry out airborne surveillance. Used at a high altitude, the radars allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of miles away.
The aircrew member designated by competent authority as being in command of an aircraft and responsible for its safe operation and accomplishment of the assigned mission.
Aircraft maintenance is the technology related to the actions required to maintain (or improve) the airworthiness and the designed-in reliability of an aircraft and its systems, subsystems, and components throughout the life-cycle of the aircraft
Aircraft Systems Flight Evaluation
Officers serving in, or qualified to serve in, positions requiring the ability to perform flight evaluations or functional check flights on aircraft and components.
An airlift is the organized delivery of supplies primarily via aircraft. Airlifting consists of two distinct types, strategic airlifting and tactical airlifting. Typically, strategic airlifting involves moving material long distances (such as across or off the continent or theater), whereas a tactical airlift focuses on deploying resources and materiel into a specific location with high precision.
Your first promotion is to Airman (E2). An Airman, while still primarily an apprentice, is expected to understand and conform to military standards.
Airman Basic (E-1)
Most airman graduate basic military training with the rank of Airman Basic (E1). An Airman Basic is an apprentice who is acquiring and demonstrating knowledge of military customs, courtesies, traditions, and Air Force standards, while learning both military and technical skills.
Airman First Class (E-3)
As an Airman First Class you are no longer considered just an apprentice -- your role and responsibilities will increase as you assume the role of apprentice and worker. You will be expected to comply with Air Force standards and be a role model for your subordinates. In addition you will be expected to begin mastering the necessary skills in your new career fields.
The four paragraphs of the Airman's Creed were created from an extensive, collaborative effort and feedback from Airmen throughout the force. It was designed to resonate with Airmen Past, Present and Future.
The organized, integrated use of aircraft and missiles for purposes of foreign policy, strategy, operations, and tactics. The tactical and strategic strength of a country's air force.
The speed of an aircraft relative to its surrounding air mass. The unqualified term airspeed can mean any one of the following. a. calibrated airspeed--Indicated airspeed corrected for instrument installation error. b. equivalent airspeed--Calibrated airspeed corrected for compressibility error. c. indicated airspeed--The airspeed shown by an airspeed indicator. d. true airspeed--Equivalent airspeed corrected for error due to air density (altitude and temperature).
A control area or portion thereof established in the form of a corridor marked with radio navigational aids.
Air-Launched Cruise Missile. An air-launched vehicle designed to deliver a nuclear warhead in an air-to-ground mission.
The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from mean sea level.
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
Air Moving Target Indicator
Air National Guard; see ANGUS
Air National Guard Base
Air National Guard of the United States. A Reserve component of the Air Force.
The point at which a missile trajectory or a satellite orbit is farthest from the center of the gravitational field of the controlling body or bodies.
Area of Operations (AO)
An operational area defined by the joint force commander for land and maritime forces. Areas of operation do not typically encompass the entire operational area of the joint force commander, but should be large enough for component commanders to accomplish their missions and protect their forces.
Area of Responsibility (AOR)
The geographical area associated with a combatant command within which a geographic combatant commander has authority to plan and conduct operations.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Commonly knows as ASVAB, this is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States armed forces. It is often optionally administered to American high school students when they are in the 11th grade, though anyone eligible to and interested in enlisting can take it. The ASVAB was first instituted in 1976.
Air Reserve Technician
Avionics is a portmanteau which literally means aviation electronics. In essence it comprises all electronic systems designed for use on an aircraft. At a basic level this comprises communications, navigation and the display and management of multiple systems. It also comprises the literally hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to meet individual roles. These can be as simple as a search light for a police helicopter or as complicated as the tactical system for an Airborne Early Warning platform. An aircraft equipped with avionics is said to have a 'glass flight deck.'
A base having minimum essential facilities to house, sustain, and support operations to include, if required, a stabilized runway, taxiways, and aircraft parking areas. A bare base must have a source of water that can be made potable. Other requirements to operate under bare base conditions form a necessary part of the force package deployed to the bare base.
1. A locality from which operations are projected or supported. 2. An area or locality containing installations which provide logistic or other support.
Authorized personnel can purchase merchandise at reduced rates and tax-free at Base Exchanges.
Basic Military Training (BMT)
New recruits attend 8 1/2 weeks of basic training. See Basic Training
Battle Damage Assessment (BDA)
The estimate of damage resulting from the application of lethal or nonlethal military force. Battle damage assessment is composed of physical damage assessment, functional damage assessment, and target system assessment.
Battle Dress Uniform (BDU)
Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) in the United States was the standard military uniform worn into combat, battledress as opposed to 'display' dress uniforms worn at parades and functions.
The environment, factors, and conditions that must be understood to successfully apply combat power, protect the force, or complete the mission. This includes the air, land, sea, space, and the included enemy and friendly forces; facilities; weather; terrain; the electromagnetic spectrum; and the information environment within the operational areas and areas of interest.
An aircraft in flight that cannot be identified, especially one assumed to be hostile (slang)
A code which provides no security but which has as its sole purpose the shortening of messages rather than the concealment of their content.
Brigadier General (0-7)
High-ranking military general officer.
Any combination of characters or pronounceable words, which identifies a communication facility, a command, an authority, an activity, or a unit; used primarily for establishing and maintaining communications.
To remove serviceable parts from one item of equipment in order to install them on another item of equipment.
An officer in the Air Force Reserve of a rank above first lieutenant
Combined Effects Munition
Centers of Gravity (COG)
The source of power that provides moral or physical strength, freedom of action, or will to act.
A V-shaped symbol, especially one used as a sign of rank on military or police uniforms
Chief Master Sgt; First Sgt. (E-9)
The senior noncommissioned officer of a U.S. Army or Marine Corps unit, who is equivalent in rank to a master sergeant and performs administrative duties.
Chief Master Sgt. (E-9)
A noncommissioned officer in the air force ranking above a senior master sergeant
A radio transmission as Clearance from the FAC, controlling agency, or gunnery range officer to expend practice or actual ordinance.
Communication, Navigation and Safety/Air Traffic Management
Military rank in the Air Force Reserve of a rank above lieutenant colonel
Group escorting flag: a small group that escorts the flag or colors of a military unit at a military ceremony or in a parade
Com Signals Intelligence
COMINT (Communications Intelligence) engages in dealing with messages or voice information derived from the interception of foreign communications. A basic COMINT technique is to listen for voice communications, usually over radio but possibly leaking from telephones or from wiretaps. If the voice communications are encrypted, the encryption first must be solved through a process of introelectric diagram in order to listen to the conversation.
Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC)
The Combined Air and Space Operations Center houses the systems that provide the United States and its allies with critical warfighting information.
Military officer, an officer commanding a military unit
Commander in Chief
Supreme commander: an officer who has supreme command of military forces, in the United States, the president
Supermarket on military base: a store that sells groceries and household supplies, especially one located on a military base
A visible trail of condensed vapor left by an aircraft flying at high altitude
Military aircraft maintenance chief: a noncommissioned officer in the Air Force who is in charge of the maintenance and ground handling of an aircraft
Combat Search and Rescue - mechanism for personnel recovery execution in uncertain or hostile environments and denied areas.
All defensive measures designed to detect, identify, intercept, and destroy or negate enemy forces attempting to attack or penetrate the friendly air environment.
Deploy / Deployment
1. In naval usage, the change from a cruising approach or contact disposition to a disposition for battle. 2. The movement of forces within operational areas. 3. The positioning of forces into a formation for battle. 4. The relocation of forces and materiel to desired operational areas. Deployment encompasses all activities from origin or home station through destination, specifically including intra-continental United States, intertheater, and intratheater movement legs, staging, and holding areas.
Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT)
Dissimilar air combat training (DACT) was introduced as a formal part of US air combat training after disappointing aerial combat exchange rates in the Vietnam War.
A military uniform worn on formal occasions
Defense Support Program
Developmental Test and Evaluation. Any testing used to assist in the development and maturation of products, product elements, or manufacturing or support processes; any engineering-type test used to verify status of technical progress and minimize design risks, substantiate achievement of contract technical performance, and certify readiness for Initial Operational Testing (IOT).
Electronic Counter Measures
Effects-Based Operations (EBO)
Effects-Based Operations (EBO) is a modern military concept which emerged after the 1991 Gulf War for the planning and conduct of operations combining military and non-military methods to achieve a particular effect.
Airmen who do not hold Officers Commissions. This includes both non-commissioned officers, privates, veterans, and recruits.
Enterprise Resource Planning
Forward Framing Sensor
In the United States Air Force, First Sergeant is not a rank, but a special duty held by a senior enlisted member of a military unit who reports directly to the unit commander. The first sergeant is responsible for the morale, welfare, and conduct of all the enlisted members in a squadron and is the chief adviser to the squadron commander concerning the enlisted force. Most units have a Master Sergeant in this position, while larger units use Senior Master Sergeants and Chief Master Sergeants as First Sergeants.
A series of experiences and challenges, combined with education and training opportunities, which is directed at producing Airmen who possess the requisite skills, knowledge, experience and motivation to lead and execute the full spectrum of Air Force missions.
Preventive measures taken to mitigate hostile actions against Department of Defense personnel (to include family members), resources, facilities, and critical information. Force protection does not include actions to defeat the enemy or protect against accidents, weather, or disease.
Full Rate Production. Contracting for economic production quantities following stabilization of the system design and validation of the production process.
Future Years Defense Program. A massive DoD database and internal accounting system that summarizes forces and resources associated with programs approved by the Secretary of Defense.
Global Information Grid. The globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, associated processes, and personnel for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel.
The capability to move people and equipment across the world quickly, ensuring the right force anywhere, at any time.
Ground Moving Target Indicator
The Global War on Television
A Ceremonial Guardsman is a member of the USAF Presidential Honor Guard. As a member of the Air Force Honor Guard they represent the United States Air Force at public and official ceremonies to include: Presidential Inaugurals; Heads of State Funerals; rendering military honors for Air Force personnel and their family members during funerals services at Arlington National Cemetery; arrival and departure ceremonies for visiting dignitaries, both national and foreign, at the Pentagon, White House, and Andrews AFB MD; wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery; General Officer Retirements and Changes of Command; Color Guards for White House receptions; and other state and military occasions in the Washington DC area. Members also perform special duties such as Pentagon Tour Guides and Arlington Lady Escorts.
The military housing allowance, now called the Basic Allowance for Housing (or BAH), is nontaxable allowance paid to service members who do not live in government housing.
Humanitarian Relief Operations
Imagery analysis is the extraction of useful information from bi-dimensional graphic formats, including screen shots. This includes color and black-and-white photographs, infra-red photographs and video, radar screens and synthetic aperture radar formats, ultrasound, EKG, EEG, MRI, echo cardiograms, seismographs and others. In short, any type of sensor-related data projected in 2-D and 3-D formats qualifies as imagery.
Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR)
A manpower pool consisting of individuals who have had some training and who have served previously in the Active Component or in the Selected Reserve and have some period of their military service obligation remaining. Members may voluntarily participate in training for retirement points and promotion with or without pay.
Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA)
An individual reservist attending drills who receives training and is preassigned to an Active Component organization, a Selective Service System, or a Federal Emergency Management Agency billet that must be filled on, or shortly after, mobilization. Individual mobilization augmentees train on a part-time basis with these organizations to prepare for mobilization. Inactive duty training for individual mobilization augmentees is decided by component policy and can vary from 0 to 48 drills a year.
Initial Active Duty for Training
Basic military training and technical skill training required for all accessions. For non-prior service male enlistees between the ages of 18 1/2 and 26, initial active duty for training shall be not less than 12 weeks and start insofar as practical within 270 days after enlistment. Initial active duty for training for all other enlistees and inductees shall be prescribed by the Secretary concerned and start insofar as practical within 360 days of entry into the Service, except in time of war or national emergency declared by Congress or the President when basic training shall be not less than 12 weeks or its equivalent. Reservists may not be assigned to active duty on land outside the United States or its territories and possessions until basic training has been completed.
Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System
A badge of office, rank, membership, or nationality; an emblem
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of sensors, assets, and processing, exploitation, and dissemination systems in direct support of current and future operations. This is an integrated intelligence and operations function.
The common-user airlift linking theaters to the continental United States and to other theaters as well as the airlift within the continental United States. The majority of these air mobility assets are assigned to the Commander, United States Transportation Command. Because of the intertheater ranges usually involved, intertheater airlift is normally conducted by the heavy, longer range, intercontinental airlift assets but may be augmented with shorter range aircraft when required. Formerly referred to as strategic airlift.
Airlift conducted within a theater. Assets assigned to a geographic combatant commander or attached to a subordinate joint force commander normally conduct intratheater airlift operations. Intratheater airlift provides air movement and delivery of personnel and equipment directly into objective areas through airlanding, airdrop, extraction, or other delivery techniques as well as the air logistic support of all theater forces, including those engaged in combat operations, to meet specific theater objectives and requirements. During large-scale operations, US Transportation Command assets may be tasked to augment intratheater airlift operations, and may be temporarily attached to a joint force commander. Formerly referred to as theater airlift.
Initial Operational Capability
Initial Operational Testing
Individual Ready Reserve consists of those members of the Ready Reserve who are not in the Selected Reserve or the Inactive National Guard.
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. Integrated capabilities to collect, process, exploit and disseminate accurate and timely information that provides the battlespace awareness necessary to successfully plan and conduct operations.
Joint Air Operations Center. A jointly staffed facility established for planning, directing, and executing joint air operations in support of the joint force commander's operation or campaign objectives. Also called Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC).
Joint Direct Attack Munition
Joint Force Air Component Commander. The commander with a unified command, subordinate unified command, or joint task force responsible to the establishing commander for making recommendations on the proper employment of air forces; planning and coordinating air operations; or accomplishing such operational missions as may be assigned. The joint force air component commander is given the authority necessary to accomplish missions and tasks assigned by the establishing commander.
Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night
Lieutenant Colonel (0-5)
A commissioned officer in the Air Force Reserve holding a rank above major and below colonel
Lieutenant General (0-9)
A general officer ranking above a major general and below a full general.
Officers serving in, or qualified to serve in, positions requiring functional area expertise with the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct training of aircrews in ejection and emergency egress, parachute use, survival kits and components, protective clothing, refresher survival procedures, and rescue. Officers performing these duties deter-mine unit life support equipment requirements; supervise use, care, storage, inspection, and fitting of life support equipment; review aircraft accident, safety, and operational hazard reports for life support related equipment; supervise training of survival training and protective equipment personnel; and supervise training of aircrews in use of life support equipment necessary to perform aircrew duties.
Low rate Initial Production. The first effort of the Production and Deployment (P&D) phase. The purpose of this effort is to establish an initial production base for the system, permit an orderly ramp-up sufficient to lead to a smooth transition to Full Rate Production (FRP), and to provide production representative articles for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and full-up live fire testing. This effort concludes with a Full Rate Production Decision Review (FRPDR) to authorize the Full Rate Production and Deployment (FRP&D) effort.
Major is a rank used in the United States Air Force Reserve that is equivalent to a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.
Major General (O-8)
Major General or Major-General is a military rank used in many countries. It is derived from the older rank of Sergeant Major General.
Man Portable Air Defense Systems
Measurement and Signature Intelligence
Master Sgt; First Sgt. (E-7)
In the United States Air Force Reserve, First Sergeant is not a rank, but a special duty held by a senior enlisted member of a military unit who reports directly to the unit commander. This billet is held by individuals of paygrades E-7 through E-9 (Master Sergeant, Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Master Sergeant).
Master Sgt. (E-7)
The seventh enlisted rank in the United States Air Force Reserve, just above Technical Sergeant and below Senior Master Sergeant. It is abbreviated as MSgt. Advancement to Master Sergeant is one of the most significant promotions within the enlisted Air Force. At the rank of Master Sergeant, the airman enters the senior noncommissioned tier and his or her duties begin to focus on leadership and management rather than technical performance.
Major Combat Operation
Medical Service Specialist
Officers certified by an appropriate American Specialty Board or other board acceptable to the Air Force Surgeon General.
MGIB Selective Reserve Kicker
Increase ('kicker') in basic educational assistance rates for service in the Selected Reserve.
The point at which a recommendation is made and approval sought regarding starting or continuing an acquisition program, e.g., proceeding to the next phase. Milestones established by DoDI 5000.2 include the following: 1) MS A - approves entry into the Technology Development (TD) phase; 2) MS B - approves entry into the system Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase; and 3) MS C - approves entry into the Production and Deployment (P&D) phase. Also of note are the Concept Decision (CD) that approves entry into the Concept Refinement (CR) phase; the Design Readiness Review (DRR) that ends the System Integration (SI) effort and continues the SDD phase into the system Demonstration (SD) effort; and the Full rate Production Decision Review (FRPD) at the end of the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) effort of the P&D phase that authorizes Full Rate Production (FRP) and approves deployment of the system to the field or fleet.
Military Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct (CoC) is the legal guide for the behavior of military members who are captured by hostile forces.
Military Consultant to the Surgeon General
Officers selected by the Air Force Surgeon General's Officer Classification Board as having achieved consultant status in a particular medical service or physiological support specialty
Military Equal Opportunity
The primary objective of the MEO program is to improve mission effectiveness by promoting an environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent Air Force members from rising to the highest level of responsibility possible based on their individual merit, fitness, and capability. Air Force policy is to conduct its affairs free from unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment. The MEO program seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment against military members, family members, and retirees based on race, color, sex, national origin, or religion.
An operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters; the aircraft were on a bombing mission
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Military Personnel Appropriation
Non-Affiliated Reserve Section
Nonrated Officer Aircrew Duty
Officers serving in, or qualified to serve in, nonrated positions that require participation in frequent and regular aerial flight as an integral part of assigned duties.
Operationally Response Space
The ability to rapidly deploy and employ communication, ISR, and other space capabilities.
Obligated Reserve Section
Operational Test and Evaluation. The field test, under realistic conditions, of any item (or key component) of weapons, equipment, or munitions for the purpose of determining the effectiveness and suitability of the weapons, equipment, or munitions for use in combat by typical military users. It includes the evaluation of the results of such tests.
Preliminary Design Review. A multi-disciplined technical review to ensure that a system is ready to proceed into detailed design and can meet stated performance requirements within cost (program budget), schedule (program schedule), risk, and other system constraints.
The successful us of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR), to ensure the ability to see first, think first, and act first in the battle space.
Participating Individual Ready Reserve
Personnel Locator System
Rapid Attack Identification Detection and Reporting System
The Air Force's ability to control air and space to deliver a precise, tailored effect anywhere, at any time.
Regimental Combat Team
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. Activities for the development of a new system to expand the performance of fielded systems.
Unit or Individual Reservists, or both, liable for active duty, as provided in Title 10 U.S.C., Section 12301 and 12302. The Selected Reserve and the Individual Ready Reserve (Title 10 U.S.C.. Sections 10142-10144) compose of the Ready Reserve.
Reserve Management Group
Reserve Personnel Appropriation
Reserve Transition Assistance Program
Science and Technology Program. Consists of projects in basics research, applied research, and Advanced Technology Development (ATD).
Synthetic Aperture Radar
System Demonstration. The second effort of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. A program enters SD after the Program Manager (PM) has demonstrated the system in prototype articles or Engineering Development Models (EDMs). The effort is intended to demonstrate the ability of the system to operate in a useful way consistent with the approved Key Performance Parameters (KPPs). This effort ends when the system is demonstrated in its intended environment using the selected prototype; meets approved requirements; industrial capabilities are reasonably available; and the system meets or exceeds exit criteria and Milestone C entrance requirements.
System Development and Demonstration. The third phase of a system life cycle. This phase consists of two efforts, System Integration (SI) and System Demonstration (SD), and begins after Milestone B. It also contains a Design Readiness Review (DRR) at the conclusion of the SI effort.
Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses.
Those unit and individuals within the Ready Reserve designated by their respective Services and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as so essential to initial wartime missions they have priority over all other Reservists. All Selected Reservists are in an active status. The Selected Reserve also includes people performing initial active duty for training.
Surface Moving Target Indication
Special Operations Force
System Requirements Review. A review conducted to ascertain progress in defining system technical requirements. This review determines the direction and progress of the systems engineering effort and the degree of convergence upon a balanced and complete configuration.
Space Situational Awareness
Test and Evaluation. Process by which a system or components are exercised and results analyzed to provide performance-related information. The information has many uses including risk identification and risk mitigation and empirical data to validate models and simulations. T&E enables an assessment of the attainment of technical performance, specifications, and system maturity to determined whether systems are operationally effective, suitable and survivable for intended use, and/or lethal.
Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System
Time Sensitive Targeting
Unmanned Aerial System. May also refer to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Weapons of Mass Destruction.