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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

CI: Counter-Intelligence.

 

SOP:Standard Operating Procedure

 

CIA: Central Intelligence Agency

 

CIF: Commander’s In-Extremis Force

 

CISEN: Mexican Intelligence Agency

 

Commo: Communications

 

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.

 

Exfil: Exfiltrate.

 

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.

 

HQ: Headquarters.

 

HUMINT: Human Intelligence.

 

IED: Improvised Explosive Device.

 

Infil: Infiltrate.

 

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.

 

RFID:Radio-frequency identification.

 

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.