Long Strange Journey
Long Strange Journey
Glossary of Terms
AAR - After Action Review. A military term for evaluating a military operation or event.
AAV - Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
ACDA - Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Federal Agency responsible for monitoring arms control agreements.
ACR - Armored Cavalry Regiment. A highly mobile, reconnaissance-oriented U.S. Army formation of approximately brigade strength.
ADCI - Acting Director of Central Intelligence. A CIA official acting as the Director of Central Intelligence on a temporary basis.
AFMIC - Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. Medical intelligence arm of the DIA.
(The) AGENCY - The CIA.
AGENT ORANGE - Defoliant used by the United States during the Vietnam War.
AG - Adjutant General.
AL HUSSEIN - Iraqi version of the SCUD missile. It had a longer range but a smaller payload than the original SCUD.
AOL - America Online.
AOR - Area of Operations.
ARCENT - United States Army Central Command. Army component headquarters of CENTCOM.
ASD/HA - Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
ASP - Ammunition Supply Point.
BDA - Bomb Damage Assessment.
BCW - Biological and Chemical Warfare.
BNL - Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Italian-based bank whose Atlanta, Georgia, branch made millions in illegal arms-related loans to Iraq in the 1980s.
BW - Biological Warfare.
BZ - A hallucinogenic incapacitating chemical agent.
CAM - Chemical Agent Monitor.
C3 - Command, Control, and Communications.
C4 - Chemical explosive.
CBW - Chemical and Biological Warfare.
CENTCOM - United States Central Command. One of several regional joint U.S. military commands. CENTCOM is the supreme headquarters for all U.S. forces deployed in the Persian Gulf.
CG - Phosgene chemical gas.
CIA - Central Intelligence Agency.
CIC - Counterintelligence Center. Component of the CIA charged with exposing spies like Aldrich Ames.
COC - Combat Operations Center. Marine equivalent to the Army's Tactical Operations Center.
CONUS - Continental United States.
CP - Command Post. Another name for a tactical military headquarters.
CS - Tear gas.
CTSS - Central Targeting Support Staff.
CW - Chemical warfare.
CWO - Chief Warrant Officer.
CX - Abbreviation for phosgene oxime, a chemical agent causing blistering and other symptoms.
D & D - Denial and deception analysis.
DATSD/PA - Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
DCI - Director of Central Intelligence.
DESERT STORM - Name given to Coalition military operation designed to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Lasted from January 17, 1991, through February 28, 1991.
DESERT SHIELD - Name given to Coalition military operation designed to defend Saudi Arabia from an Iraqi attack. Ran from August 7, 1990, to January 16, 1991.
DDCI - Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
DDI - Deputy Director for Intelligence. CIA official who heads the DI.
DECON - Decontamination.
DEPSECDEF - Deputy Secretary of Defense.
DI - Directorate of Intelligence. One of four directorates within the CIA. Produces all-sour