Acronyms and Abbreviations


ABL

airborne laser

AEDC

Arnold Engineering Development Center

AFB

Air Force Base

AFIT

Air Force Institute of Technology

AFMC

Air Force Materiel Command

AFRL

Air Force Research Laboratory


CAS

cost-accounting standards

CEO

chief executive officer

CFD

computational fluid dynamics

COTS

commercial off-the-shelf


DARPA

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DASA

DaimlerChrysler Aerospace

DCS

deputy chief of staff

DoD

U.S. Department of Defense

DSB

Defense Science Board


EMD

engineering and manufacturing development


FAA

Federal Aviation Administration

FAR

Federal Acquisition Regulations

FFRDC

Federally Funded Research and Development Center

FSA

Future Strike Aircraft

FY

fiscal year


GOCO

government-owned, contractor-operated

GPS

global positioning system


IHPTET

Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology

IR&D

independent research and development

ITAR

International Traffic in Arms Regulations


JPL

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JSF

Joint Strike Fighter


LAI

Lean Aerospace Initiative


Mil-Spec

military specification

MOSA

modular open systems architecture


NAE

National Academy of Engineering

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NMD

National Missile Defense

NRC

National Research Council


O&M

operations and maintenance

ODTC

Office of Defense Trade Controls

OPM

Office of Personnel Management

OSD

Office of the Secretary of Defense


QDR

Quadrennial Defense Review


R&D

research and development

RDT&E

research, development, test, and evaluation

RLV

reusable launch vehicle

ROI

return on investment


S&T

science and technology

SBL

Space-Based Laser


TINA

Truth in Negotiations Act


UAV

unmanned air vehicle

UCAV

unmanned combat air vehicle

USAF

U.S. Air Force



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