160th SOAR: Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Army helicopter unit which flies Special Operations missions, often delivering Special Operations soldiers to their targets.
AAR: After Action Review. Soldiers typically conduct an AAR post-mission to evaluate what was done wrong and how to improve performance for the next mission.
AK-103: An updated form of the AK-47 rifle that can be fitted with a variety of different optics.
AK-47: Avtomat Kalashnikova-1947, following the standard Soviet weapons naming convention. Avtomat meaning the type of rifle: automatic. Kalashnikov comes from the last name of the inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov and the year 1947 is when the rifle went into production. The AK-47 is the world’s most ubiquitous battle rifle, having been used in virtually every conflict since the Cold War.
An-125: Large Russian-made cargo airplane.
AO: Area of Operations.
APC: Armored Personnel Carrier.
AQ: Al Qaeda.
BW: Blackwater. A now defunct private security company.
C-27J: Medium-sized military transport aircraft.
C4: Composition Four plastic explosives.
Carl Gustav: Recoiless rifle.
CH-47: Twin rotor military transport helicopter.
SOP:Standard Operating Procedure
CIA: Central Intelligence Agency
CIF: Commander’s In-Extremis Force
CISEN: Mexican Intelligence Agency
CQB: Close Quarter Battle
CYPRES: Emergency device on a Military parachute.
DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Delta Force: US Army Counter-Terrorism unit. Also known as Combat Applications Group, Task Force Green, or simply The Unit.
Dev Group: US Navy SEAL Counter-Terrorism unit. Also known as Task Force Blue, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and more recently, TACDEVRON.
DUI: Driving While Intoxicated.
E&E: Escape and Evasion.
ECT: Explosive Cutting Tape. A type of explosive used for breaching targets.
EMP: Electro-Magnetic Pulse.
EOD: Explosive Ordinance Disposal.
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FN-FAL: Belgium 7.62 rifle.
FRP: Final Reference Point, used as a known point that can be paced off to help find a previously hidden cache.
FSA: Free Syrian Army.
FSB: Russian intelligence agency.
G3 Communications: Fictional security firm.
GPS: Global Positioning System.
GROM: Polish Counter-Terrorism unit.
Ground Branch: CIA para-military unit.
GRS: Global Response Staff, CIA contractor that often escort and protect case officers in dangerous parts of the world.
GSG-9: German police unit that conducts counter-terrorist operations.
HAHO: High Altitude, High Opening.
HALO: High Altitude, Low Opening.
HERF: High-Energy Radio Frequency.
HK 417: Heckler and Koch 7.62 gas piston operated rifle.
HK USP: Series of Heckler and Koch pistols.
HME: Home Made Explosives.
HUMINT: Human Intelligence.
IED: Improvised Explosive Device.
ISA: Intelligence Support Activity. A classified Army unit which collects intelligence information, often to support SEAL Team Six and Delta Force operations.
ISU-90: US military enclosed pallet for transporting equipment.
J2: Joint Staff Intelligence.
JCET: Joint Combined Exchange Training.
JPL: Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
JSOC: Joint Special Operations Command.
LED: light-emitting diode.
Liquid Sky: Fictional mercenary strike force.
LPC: Leather Personnel Carriers (ie: boots).
M4: Standard issue US military rifle.
MAC-10: Sub-Machine Gun.
MC-5: HALO/HAHO military parachute.
MEK: Iranian terrorist organization sponsored by the United States.
MFF: Military Free Fall.
Mk 48: A 7.62 machine gun that is smaller and lighter than the M240B.
MO: Method of operation.
MSS: Chinese intelligence agency.
NASA: National Air and Space Association.
NGO: Non-Governmental Organization.
NODS: Night Optical Device.
NPA: New People’s Army.
NSA: National Security Agency.
OD: Olive Drab.
OGA: Other Governmental Organizations such as Ground Branch or Global Response Staff.
ONI: Office of Naval Intelligence.
OP: Observation Point. A vantage point for snipers of reconnaissance troops to use to over watch enemy movements.
OPB: Operational Preparation of the Battlefield.
Operator: Soldier assigned to SEAL Team Six or Delta Force.
OPSEC: Operational Security.
PIN: Personal Identification Number.
PKM: Belt fed Russian made machine gun.
PMC: Private Military Company.
PT: Physical Training.
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PVS-14: Night vision monocle.
QRF: Quick Reaction Force.
R&R: Rest and Relaxation.
Rangers: US Army elite airborne light infantry unit.
Raufoss: Armor piercing explosive incendiary rounds.
RDX: Research Development Explosives.
RPG: Rocket Propelled Grenade.
RPK: 7.62 light machine gun.
RUMINT: A non-official humorous term meaning Rumor Intelligence.
SA-7: Russian shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile.
Samruk International: A fictional Private Military Company based out of Kazakhstan.
SCUBA: Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
SEAL: SEa, Air, and Land. US Navy maritime commando unit.
SEAL Team Six: US Navy SEAL Counter-Terrorism unit. Also known as Task Force Blue, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and more recently, TACDEVRON.
SIGINT: Signals Intelligence.
SIM: Subscriber Identity Module.
SOF: Special Operations Forces.
SOTIC: Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, now knows as the Special Forces Sniper Course.
Special Forces: Also known as Green Berets, specialize in training indigenous forces. A separate unit from SEALs, Rangers, and Delta Force
SPG-9: 73mm recoiless rifle.
SSE: Sensitive Site Exploitation.
T-72: Russian main battle tank.
TACDEVRON: US Navy SEAL Counter-Terrorism unit. Also known as Task Force Blue, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and more recently, TACDEVRON.
TF Blue: See Dev Group.
TF Green: See Delta Force.
TORDS: Tandem Offset Resupply Delivery System.
TTL: Tag, Track, and Locate.
UAE: United Arab Emirates.
VBIED: Vehicular Borne Improvised Explosive Device.
VDO: Vehicle Drop Off.
WMD: Weapon of Mass Destruction.
ZPU: Russian anti-aircraft machine gun.