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P  Peacetime
P2E2I  Pre-Planned Essential Elements of Information
P-3H  Land-Based Anti-Submarine Warfare Patrol Aircraft (re-engined)
P3I  Pre-Planned Product Improvement
PA  (1) Pulse Amplitude; (2) Probability of Arrival; (3) Public Affairs; (4) Preliminary Assessment; (5) Proper Authority
PAA  (1) Primary Aircraft Authorized; (2) Peer Access Approval
PA ANG  Pennsylvania Air National Guard
PAATS  Precision Approach Area Tracking System
PABX  Private Access Branch Exchange
PAC  Pacific
PACAF  Pacific Air Forces
PACCAAT  USPACOM Command and Control AUTODIN Access Terminal
PACCS  Post-Attack Command and Control System
PACE  Portable Acoustic Collection Equipment
PACFAST  Pacific Forward Area Support Team
PACFLT  Pacific Fleet
PACOM  U.S. Pacific Command
PACOPS  Pacific Air Force Operations
PACTAIS  Pacific Theater Air Intelligence System
PACTIDS  PACOM Theater Intelligence Data System
PACVTCN  Pacific Video Teleconferencing Network
PAD  Program Action Directive
PADAR  Passive Airborne Detection & Ranging
PA&E  Program Analysis and Evaluation
PAE  Peer Access Enforcement
PAF  Production Analysis and Fusion
PAI  Project Assignment Instruction
PAIDS  PACOM Area Imagery Distribution System
PAIS  (1) Personnel Authentication Identification System; (2) Prototype Advanced Indicator System; (3) Pacific Air Intelligence System
PAL  Permissive Action Link
PALAPA  Indonesian Satellite
PALS  Photo Area & Location System
PAM  (1) Payload Assist Module; (2) Penetration Augmented Munition
PAMIS  Psychological Operations Automated Management Information System
PANAMSAT  PAN American Satellite (Communications System)
PANMAN  Panama Metropolitan Area Network
PAO  (1) Product Activity/Operational Code; (2) Public Affairs Officer
PAOC  PACAF Air Operations Center
PAR  (1) Precision Approach Radar; (2) Perimeter Acquisition Radar; (3) Phased-Array Radar; (4) Population at Risk; (5) Program Assessment Review
PARCS  (1) Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack; (2) Perimeter Acquisition Characterization System
PARINT  Partial Intercept
PARIS  Pacific Army Intelligence System
PARMIS  Peacetime Airborne Reconnaissance Management Information System
PARPRO  (1) Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance Program; (2) Preplanned Application of Reconnaissance Programs
PAS  (1) Plans and analysis Staff; (2) Pan American Satellite
PASEP  Passed Separately
PASS  (1) Photo Interpretation Analyst Support System; (2) PACOM IPAC Intelligence Computer System Analyst Support System; (3) PACOM ADP Server Site
PASSEX  Passing Exercise (Naval)
PASS-H  USPACOM ADP Server Site, Hawaii
PASS-J  USPACOM ADP Server Site, Japan
PASS-K  USPACOM ADP Server Site, Korea
PAT  (1) Payload Associated Transporter; (2) Planning Assistance Team; (3) Process Action Team
PATREP  Patrol Report
PATRIOT  Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target
PATRIOT PAC III  Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target Advanced Capability III
PATRON  Patrol Squadron (Navy)
PATWING  Patrol Wing
PAVE  USAF Programs Connected (Night) Avionics, Target Designators, Vision
PAWS  (1) Portable Analyst Work Station; (2) Prototype Analytical Workstation; (3) Portable ASAS Workstation
PAX  Passengers
PB  (1) Particle Beam; (2) Patrol Boat
PB(A)(H)  Patrol Boat (Air Cushion) (Hydrofoil)
PBAC  Program Budget Activity Committee
PBC  Program and Budget Committee
PBD  (1) Program Budget Decision; (2) Patrol Boat Drone
PBEIST  Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport
PBL  Patrol Boat, Light
PBN  Public Broadcasting Network
PBOS  Planning Board for Ocean Shipping
PBR  (1) River/Roadstead Patrol Boat (Navy); (2) Precision Bombing Range
PBTN  Panama Backbone Transport Network
PBV  Post-Boost Vehicle
PBW  Particle Beam Weapon
PBX  Private Branch Exchanges
PC  (1) Patrol Craft; (2) Positive Control; (3) Production Control; (4) Personal Computer; (5) Project Coordinator; (6) Parallel Computing; (7) Provide Comfort; (8) Patrol Coastal
PCA  Point of Closest Approach
PCAC  Primary Collection and Analysis Center
PCC  (1) POADS Computer Center; (2) Program Coordinating Committee
PCD  (1) Program Change Decision; (2) Positive Control Document
PCE  Patrol Escort
PCF(A)(H)  Fast Patrol Craft (Air Cushion) (Hydrofoil)
PCFS  Fire Support Patrol Craft
PCH  Patrol Craft (Hydrofoil)
PCL  Parallel Communications Link
PCM  Pulse Code Modulation
PCMCIA  Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PCN  (1) Production Control Number; (2) Packet Switching Node; (3) Personal Communications Networking
PCP  (1) Project Concept Proposal; (2) Program Change Proposal
PCR  (1) Performance and Cost Report; (2) Program Change Request
PCS  (1) Publication Control Sheet; (2) Permanent Change of Station; (3) Submarine Chaser; (4) Personal Communications System; (5) Primary Control Station
PCS/UPT  Personal Communications Services/Universal Personal Telecommunications
PCSF  Fire Support Patrol Craft
PCT  Training Patrol Craft
PCTN  Pacific Consolidated Telecommunications Network
PCTCS  Pentagon Center Telecommunications System
PCZ  Protected Communications Zone
PD  (1) Probability of Damage; (2) Presidential Directive; (3) Pulse Duration; (4) Passive Detection; (5) Point Detonation (Fuse)
PDA  Personal Digital Assistant
PDB  PSYOP Dissemination Battalion
PDC  Propaganda Development Center
PDD  Presidential Decision Directive
PDI  Principal Deputy for Intelligence
PDF  Panamanian Defense Force
PDL  Program Design Language
PDM  (1) Program Decision Memorandum; (2) Pulse Duration Modulation
PDMS  Point Defense Missile Systems
PDMT  Pursuit Deterrent Munition Trainer
PDOP  Position Dilution of Precision
PDP  (1) Program Decision Paper; (2) Programmable Data Processor
PDR  Preliminary Design Review
PDS  (1) Passive Detection System; (2) Power Distribution System; (3) Production Deconfliction System; (4) Protected Distribution System PDSC PACOM Data Systems Center
PDSS  Post-Deployment Software Support
PDU  Protocol Data Unit
PDUSD(A&T)  Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Technology)
PE  (1) Probable Error; (2) Personnel Equipment; (3) Program Element; (4) Preliminary Exploitation; (5) Peace Enforcement
PEAD  Presidential Emergency Affairs Documents
PEAS  (1) Psychological Operations Effectiveness Analysis Subsystem; (2) PSYOP Effects Analysis System
PEC  (1) Pacific Command Electronic Intelligence Center; (2) Program Element Code
PEG  (1) Photo Exploitation Group; (2) Priority Exploitation Group; (3) Priorities for ELINT Guidance; (4) Program Element Group
PEH  Probable Error in Height
PEI  Production Enhancement Initiative
PEILS  PACOM Executive Intelligence Summary
PEM  (1) Purchased Equipment Maintenance; (2) Program Element Monitor
PEO  Peace Enforcement Operation
PEOC4I  Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence
PEP  Photographic Exploitation Products
PER  Personnel
PERIGEE  Perspective Image Generation and Exploitation System
PERINTREP  Periodic Intelligence Report
PERINTSUM  Periodic Intelligence Summary
PERM  Processless Electron Recording Media
PERMCERT  Permanent Certification
PERSCON Personal Contact
PEO  Program Executive Officer
PEO-CCS  PEO Command and Control Systems
PERSEC  Personnel Security
PERT  Program Evaluation and Review Technique
PES  Positive Enable System
PESM  Passive Electronic Support Measures
PF  Protection Factor
PFADS  Psychological Operations Foreign Area Data Subsystem
PFD  Power Flux Density
PFIAB  President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
PFLP  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
PFM  Production Functional Manager
PFOD  Presumptive Finding of Death
PG  (1) Patrol Combatant; (2) Persian Gulf; (3) Precision Guidance
PGDR  Portable Data Reduction System
PGF  Patrol Ship
PGG  Guided-Missile Patrol Combatant
PGH  Patrol Gunboat (Hydrofoil)
PGIP  Postgraduate Intelligence Program
PGM  Precision-Guided Munitions
PGR  Reconnaissance Patrol Combatant
PGW  Precision Guided Weapon
PGSS  Publications and Graphics Subsystem
PHD  Phase History Data
PHIBGRU  Amphibious Group
PHIBRON  Amphibious Squadron
PHIGS  Programmer’s Hierarchical Interactive Graphics
PHM Patrol Combatant Missile (Hydrofoil)
PHOTOINT  Photographic Intelligence
PHOTORECON  Photographic Reconnaissance
PHS  Public Health Service
PHYSEC  Physical Security
PI  (1) Photographic Interpretation/Interpreter; (2) Principal Investigator
PIAC  PACOM Intelligence Architecture Committee
PIB  (1) PACOM Intelligence Board; (2) Photo Interpretation Brief
PIC  (1) Pacific Imagery Processing and Interpretation Center; (2) Parent Indicator Code; (3) Processing and Interpretation Center
PICON  Portable ICON
PIF  (1) Processing and Interpretation Facility; (2) Project Investment Fund
PIGS  Passive Infrared Guidance System
PIICS  PACOM - Intelligence Computer System
PILOT  Phased Integrated Laser Optics Technology
PIM  Path of Intended Movement
PIN  (1) Preliminary Imagery Nomination File; (2) Photographic Intelligence Note; (3) Personal Increment Number; (4) Plan Identification Number; (5) Personal Identification Number; (6) PACOM Intelligence Net
PINES  PACAF Interim National Exploitation Segment/System
PIP  (1) Project Implementation Plan; (2) Product Improvement Package
PIR  (1) Photo Interpretation Report; (2) Priority Intelligence Requirement
PIRATE  Portable Imagery Receive and Transmission Equipment
PIREP  Pilot Report
Pixel  Picture Element
PJ  Pararescue Jumper
PK  (1) Probability of Kill; (2) Soviet (FSU) Light Machinegun; (3) Peacekeeping
PKA  Public Key Algorithm
PKC  Public Key Cryptography
PKK  Kurdistan Worker’s Party
PKO  Peace-Keeping Operation
PKSD  Programmable Key Storage Device
PL  (1) Phase Line; (2) Plans and Operations Division; (3) Public Law
PLA  (1) Plain Language Address; (2) People’s Liberation Army (China)
PLARS  Position Locating and Reporting System
PLGR  Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver
PLL  Prescribed Load List
PLNG  Planning
PLRS  Position Location Reporting System
PLO  Palestinian Liberation Organization
PLP  PSYOP Leaflet Payload
PLS  Pre-Launch Survivability
PLSDU  Physical Layer Service Data Unit
PLSS  U.S. Precision Location Strike System
PLT/Plt  Platoon
PM  (1) Preventive Maintenance; (2) Post Meridian (after noon); (3) Prime Mover; (4) Preventive Medicine; (5) Program Manager; (6) Prime Minister; (7) Provost Marshall; Project Manager; (8) Production Manager; (9) Peacemaking
PMATS  Program Management Automated Tool Set
PMB  Program Management Board
PME  Professional Military Education
PMF  Project Management File
PMGM  Program Manager’s Guidance Memorandum
PMIS  (1) Personnel Management Information System; (2) PSYOP Management Information Subsystem
PMO  (1) Program Management Office; (2) Project Management Office
P Model  Preproduction Model
PMP  Program Management Plan
PMPTS  Program Management Performance Tracking System
PMR  Primary Mission Readiness
PMRP  Program Manager’s Recommended Program
PMS  (1) Project Management System; (2) Preventive Maintenance System; (3) Precision Mensuration Software
PMSP  Preliminary Message Security Protocol
PMTC  Pacific Missile Test Center (Navy)
PN  Packet Network
PNAF  Prime Nuclear Airlift Force
PNCC  PASS Network Control Center
PNEK  Post-Nuclear-Event Key
PNE(T)  Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (Treaty)
PNG  Persona Non Grata
PNL  Prescribed Nuclear Load
PNUTS  Possible Nuclear Underground Test Site
PNVS  Pilot Night Vision System
PO  (1) Petty Officer; (2) Peace Operations
POA&M  (1) Plan of Action and Milestones; (2) Plan of Attack and Milestones
POADS  Psychological Operations Automated Data System
POAS  Psychological Operations Automation System
POB  (1) Place of Birth; (2) Psychological Operations Battalion
POC  (1) Point of Contact; (2) Program of Cooperation; (3) Psychological Operations Company
POC/ET  Proof of Concept/Experimental Testbed
POCS  Portable Oxygen Charging System
POD  Port of Debarkation
POE  (1) Plan of Execution; (2) Point of Entry; (3) Port of Embarkation
POES  Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite
POG  Psychological Operations Group
POI  Program of Instruction
POL  (1) Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants; (2) Political
POL-MIL  Political-Military
POLAD  Political Advisor
POM  (1) Program Objective Memorandum; (2) Preparation for Overseas Movement
POMCUS  Prepositioned Organizational Materiel Configured in Unit Sets
POOS  Parachute Offset Oxygen System
POP  Point of Presence
POR  Preparation for Oversees Replacement
PORTS (JOPES)  (1) Portable Remote Telecommunications System; (2) Seaports Files; (3) Portable Receive and Transmit System
PORTS-1N  Portable Receive and Transmit System - 1N
PORTSREP  Ports Report File (JCS/J-3)
Pos  Position
POSIX  Preliminary Open System Interface Standard
Pos-Nav  Positioning and Navigation
POST  Prototype Ocean Surveillance Terminal
POTBI  Places, Organizations, Things, Biographics, Intangibles
POTF  Psychological Operations Task Force
POV  Privately Owned Vehicle
POW  Prisoner of War
POWERR  Prototype Workstation for Electronic Warfare and Radio
PP  Preprogramed
PPO  Pilot and Payload Operator
PPBES  Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution System
PPBS  Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System
PPC  Printing and Publications Center
PPDB  Point Positioning Data Base
PPF  Photographic Processing Facility
PPGM  Planning and Programming Guidance Memorandum
PPI  Pulse Position Indicator
PPIF  Photographic Processing and Interpretation Facility
PPL  Preferred Products List
PPM  (1) Parts Per Million; (2) Pulse Position Modulation
PPMS  Power Pattern Measurement System
PPS  Precision and Positioning Service
PR  (1) Production Requirement; (2) Personnel Recover
PRA  (1) Permanent Restricted Area; (2) Population Reception Area (NATO)
PRAM  Allied Mine
PRB  Program Review Board
PRBAC  Partition Rule Base Access Control
PRC  (1) Policy Review Committee; (2) People’s Republic of China
PRC(I)  Policy Review Committee (Intelligence) (now SIG(I))
PRCSO  Peacetime Reconnaissance and Certain Sensitive Operations
PRD  (1) Production Responsibilities Document; (2) Presidential Review Directive
PRDA  Photo Reconnaissance Damage Assessment
PREMSS  Photo Reconnaissance and Exploitation Management Support System
PREP/RAMP  Pre-Edit Processor/Report and Message Processor
PRF  Pulse Repetition Frequency
PRG  Program Review Group
PRGB  Point Reference Guild Book
PRI  (1) Pulse Repetition Interval; (2) Primary Rate Interface
PRIMAC  Production and Inventory Management and Control System
PRM  Presidential Review Memorandum
PROC  Processing/Process
PROCOMM  Terminal Emulation Software for DOS Workstations
PROD  Production
PROG  Program
PROM  Programmable Read-Only Memory
PROPIN  Caution — Proprietary Information Involved
PRP  Portable Radio Program
PRPG  Preliminary Reference Point Graphic
PRS  PACOM Remote System
PRSCO  Peacetime Reconnaissance and Sensitive Collection Operations
PRT  Personal Rapid Transit
PRTB  Soviet (FSU) Mobile Rocket Technical Base
PRU  Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
PS  (1) Processing Station; (2) Processing Segmext; (3) Policy Support
Ps  Permanent snowfields
PSAA  Pacific Special Activities Area
PSAC  President’s Scientific Advisory Committee
PSB  Harbor Patrol Boat
PSC  Principal Subordinate Command (NATO)
PSDU  Physical Layer Service Data Unit
PSI  (1) Pounds Per Square Inch; (2) Personnel Security Investigation
PSK  Phase Shift Keying
PSL  Protected Services List
PSN  (1) Packet Switching Node; (2) Public Switched Network; (3) Packet Switched Network
Psns  Positions
PSO  (1) Protective Structure Only; (2) Personnel Security Office; (3) Post Security Officer
PSP  (1) Pierced Steel Planking; (2) Planning Support Package
PSPS  PSYOP Studies Program Subsystem
PSR  (1) Post-Attack Status Report; (2) Periodic Status Report
PSRC  Presidential Selected Reserve Call-Up
PSS  Packet Switched Service
PST  Pacific Standard Time
PSTN  Public Switched Telecommunications Network
PSYOP  Psychological Operations
PSYOPGP  Psychological Operations Group
PSYWAR  Psychological Warfare
PT  (1) Torpedo Boat; (2) Part Time; (3) Physical Training
Pt  Peat
PTADB  Planning Terrain Analysis Data Base
PTG  Missile Attack Boat
PTGP  Part-Time Graduate Program
PTIAP  PACOM Theater Intelligence Architecture Program
PTL  Small Torpedo Boat
Ptl  Patrol
PTN  Pacific Tributary Network
PTP  (1) Probability to Penetrate; (2) Point-to-Point
PTR/P  Paper Tape Reader/Punch
PTS  Predicasts Terminal System
PTSR  Postmobilization Training Support Requirement
PTSS  Passive Thermal Suppression Suit
PTT  (1) Training Torpedo Boat; (2) Postal, Telephone, and Telegraph; (3) Push to talk
PTTP  USPACOM Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
PTTDS  Projected Target Trends Data Sheet (FTL)
PTTP  USPACOM Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
Pub  Publication
PUG  Partially Underground
PUP  (1) Performance Upgrade Program; (2) Pop-Up Point
PV  Physical Vulnerability
PVDS  Physical Vulnerability Data Sheets
PVITS  Portable Video Imagery Transmission System
PVST  Port Visit
PVO  (1) Air Defense (FSU); (2) Private Voluntary Organization
PVTM  Physical Vulnerability Technical Memorandum
PW  (1) Prisoner(s) of War; (2) Pulse Width
PWDS  Protected Wireline Distribution System
PWHQ  Primary War Headquarters
PWI  PACOM Warning Intelligence
PWIPS  Pre-Launch Warning Intelligence Processing System
PWRS  Prepositioned War Reserve Stock
PZ  Pick-Up Zone



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