List of abbreviations and symbols

Editor’s Note:—This list does not include standard abbreviations in common usage; unusual abbreviations of rare occurrence which are clarified at appropriate points; and those abbreviations and contractions which, although uncommon, are understandable from the context.

  • A , Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration
  • A/PER , Office of Personnel, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration
  • Actel , series indicator for telegrams from Secretary of State Acheson while away from Washington
  • ADC , Aide-de-Camp
  • AdCom , Advisory Commission to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • AF , Air Force
  • AF , Office of African Affairs, Department of State; African
  • AFL , American Federation of Labor
  • AFOPD , Office of the Director of Plans, United States Air Force
  • AIOC , Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
  • AKEL , Anorthotilcon Komma Ergazomenou Laou (Progressive Party of the Working People), the Communist Party of Cyprus
  • AL , Arab League
  • Amb , Ambassador
  • AMC , Additional Measures Committee of the United Nations
  • Aminoil , American Independent Oil Company
  • ANC , African National Congress, the principal black African political group in South Africa
  • ANZUS , Australia, New Zealand, and the United States
  • AP , Associated Press
  • Aramco , Arabian-American Oil Company
  • ARC(S) , Air Resupply and Communication (Service)
  • ARMISH , American Military Mission with the Iranian Army
  • Att , Attaché
  • AUB , American University at Beirut
  • BBC , British Broadcasting Corporation
  • BIS , Bank for International Settlements
  • BNA , Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs, Department of State
  • BOB , Bureau of the Budget
  • BPC , Basra Petroleum Company
  • BPD , barrels per day
  • BSL , Banque de Syrie et du Liban (Bank of Syria and the Lebanon)
  • C/S , Chief of Staff
  • Caltex (Cal-Tex) , California Texas Oil Company, Limited
  • CCC , Commodity Credit Corporation
  • CFM , Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CG , Commanding General
  • CG/CoCom , Paris Consultative Group of nations working to control export of strategic goods to Communist countries, Coordinating Committee of the Paris Consultative Group
  • CGT , Confederation Generate du Travail (General Confederation of Labor), in France
  • CIA , Central Intelligence Agency
  • c.i.f. , cost, insurance, and freight
  • CINCNELM (C-in-C NELM) , Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
  • CIO , Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • cirgram , circular airgram
  • CNO , Chief of Naval Operations
  • CO , Commanding Officer
  • CoCom , Coordinating Committee of the Paris Consultative Group of nations working to control export of strategic goods to Communist countries
  • Cominform , Communist Information Bureau
  • ConGen , Consulate General
  • C.O.S. , Chief (s) of Staff (British)
  • CP , Commercial Policy Staff, Office of Economic Defense and Trade Policy, Department of State
  • CPP , Convention People’s Party, a Gold Coast political party
  • cpt , counterpart
  • DAF , Dhahran Airfield
  • Def , Department of Defense; defense
  • DefMin , Defense Minister
  • Delga , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Delli , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Representative on the United Nations Advisory Council for Libya
  • Depcirtel , Department of State circular telegram
  • Depintel , Department of State circular information telegram
  • Depreftel , Department of State reference telegram
  • Deptel , Department of State telegram
  • DirGen , Director General
  • DMPA , Defense Materials Procurement Agency
  • D.O.T. , Dependent Overseas Territory
  • D.P.B. , Defense Production Board, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • DRN , Division of Research for Near East and Africa, Department of State
  • E , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • E/L , Labor Adviser, Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • EAL , Ethiopian Air Lines
  • ECA , Economic Cooperation Administration
  • ECA/F , Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to France
  • ECA/G , Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to Greece
  • ECA/T , Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to Turkey
  • ECA/W , headquarters of the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington
  • Ecato , series indicator for telegrams from the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington to its missions abroad
  • ED , Investment and Economic Development Staff, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • EDA , Eniaia Demokratiki Aristera (United Democratic Left), Greek political party
  • EE , Office of Eastern European Affairs, Department of State
  • Embdes , Embassy despatch
  • Emboff , Embassy office
  • Embtel , Embassy telegram
  • EPD/ECA , European Program Division, Economic Cooperation Administration
  • EPEK , Ethniki Prodeftiki Enosis Kendrou (National Progressive Union of the Center), Greek political coalition
  • EPU , European Payments Union
  • ETS , exploratory talks with the Soviet Union; also a series designation for United States position papers prepared for the exploratory talks with the Soviets
  • EUR , Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State; Europe
  • Exim (Ex-Im) Bank (Eximbank) , Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • FAC , Foreign Aid Committee
  • FAO , Food and Agriculture Organization
  • FBO , Division of Foreign Buildings Operations, Department of State
  • FCN , Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (treaty)
  • FE , Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Far East
  • F.E.B. , Financial and Economic Board, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • FEC (FECOM) , Far East Command
  • FinMin , Finance Minister
  • FM , Foreign Minister
  • FMACC , Foreign Military Assistance Coordinating Committee
  • FOB , free on board
  • FonAff , Foreign Affairs
  • FonMin , Foreign Minister (Ministry)
  • FonOff , Foreign Office
  • FonSecy , Foreign Secretary
  • FRBNY , Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • FSO , Foreign Service Officer
  • FSR , Foreign Service Reserve Officer
  • FY , fiscal year
  • FYI , for your information
  • G , Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State
  • GA , General Assembly of the United Nations
  • GADel , United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly; also Gadel, series indicator for telegrams to the United States Delegation
  • GATT , General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GEA , Office of German Economic Affairs, Department of State
  • GER , Bureau of German Affairs, Department of State
  • GNA , Grand National Assembly (Turkey)
  • Gov-Gen , Governor-General
  • GTI , Office of Greek, Turkish, and Iranian Affairs, Department of State
  • Histadrut , HaHistadrut Hak’lalit shel Ha’Ovdim Ha’Ivrim B’Eretz Yisrael (General Federation of Workers in Israel)
  • HM , His Majesty
  • HMG , His Majesty’s Government
  • HRH , His Royal Highness
  • IAD , Division of Acquisition and Distribution, Department of State
  • IBRD , International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • ICFTU , International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
  • ICJ , International Court of Justice
  • IG , Iranian Government
  • IMF , International Monetary Fund
  • IO , Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State
  • IPC , Iraq Petroleum Company
  • ISA , Office of International Security Affairs, Department of State
  • ISAC , International Security Affairs Committee
  • Istiqlal , Moroccan Independence Party
  • ITO , International Trade Organization
  • JAMMAT , Joint American Military Mission for Aid to Turkey
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JUSMAG , Joint United States Military Advisory Group
  • JUSSGSA , Joint United States Survey Group to Saudi Arabia
  • KOC (Kuoco) , Kuwait Oil Company
  • L , Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • LA , Latin America
  • L/ARA , Assistant Legal Adviser for Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • L/E , Assistant Legal Adviser for Economic Affairs, Department of State
  • L/EUR , Assistant Legal Adviser for European Affairs, Department of State
  • L/NEA , Assistant Legal Adviser for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • L/T , Office of the Assistant for Treaty Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • L/UNA , Assistant Legal Adviser for United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • Legdesp , Legation despatch
  • Legtel , Legation telegram
  • Lib , Liberia (n)
  • LibGovt , Liberian Government
  • Lidel , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Representative on the United Nations Advisory Council for Libya
  • LOC , lines of communication
  • LS , Syrian pound
  • MAAG , Military Assistance Advisory Group
  • MAC , Mixed Armistice Commission
  • Mapam , Mifleget HaPo‘alim HaM’uhedet (United Workers Party), Israeli political party
  • MATS , Military Air Transport Service
  • MD , Munitions Division, Department of State
  • MDA , Mutual Defense Assistance
  • MDAA , Mutual Defense Assistance Act
  • MDAP , Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • ME , Middle East
  • MEC , Middle East Command
  • Medreco , Mediterranean Refining Company
  • MilAtt , Military Attaché
  • Min , Minister (Ministry)
  • MinFin , Minister (Ministry) of Finance
  • MinFonAff , Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • MMS , Metals and Minerals Staff, Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • MN , Monetary Affairs Staff, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • MPC , Mosul Petroleum Company
  • MRP , Mouvement Républicain Populaire, a French political party
  • MSA , Mutual Security Agency
  • MSP , Mutual Security Program
  • MTDP , Medium Term Defense Plan
  • mytel , my telegram
  • NAC , National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems
  • NAT(O) , North Atlantic Treaty (Organization)
  • NCO , noncommissioned officer
  • NE , Office of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Near East
  • NEA , Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State; Near East and Asia
  • NEA/P , Officer in Charge of Public Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NEAT , Near East Air Transport Company
  • NECDB , Near East Cooperative Defense Board
  • niact , night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE , National Intelligence Estimate
  • NIOC , National Iranian Oil Company
  • NSC , National Security Council
  • NSRB , National Security Resources Board
  • NYT , The New York Times
  • OCI , Overseas Consultants, Inc.
  • OIF , Office of International Finance, Department of the Treasury
  • OII , Office of International Information, Department of State
  • OIR/GE , Special Adviser on Geography, Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OMA , Office of Military Assistance, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs)
  • OMP , Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • OSAF , Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
  • OSD , Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • OSR , Office of the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • ourtel , our telegram
  • P , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • P/POL , Public Affairs Policy Advisory Staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • P–51 , piston engine fighter aircraft
  • PA , procurement authorization
  • Pak , Pakistan
  • Palun , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Representative on the Conciliation Commission for Palestine
  • PC , participating country
  • PCC , Palestine Conciliation Commission (United Nations)
  • PED , Petroleum Policy Staff, Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • P.L. , Public Law
  • PLDC , Palestine Land Development Company
  • PM , Prime Minister
  • POC , Peace Observation Commission
  • POL , petroleum, oil, and lubricants
  • P.P.S. , Parti Populaire Syrien, the Syrian National Party
  • PRA , United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • PriMin , Prime Minister
  • PRS , Program Planning and Evaluation Staff, Department of State
  • PSB , Psychological Strategy Board
  • PWOC , Pacific Western Oil Company
  • RA , Office of European Regional Affairs, Department of State
  • Rapun , series indicator for telegrams from or concerning the United States Member of the Advisory Commission to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • RDA , Rassemblemenrt démocratique africain, a West African nationalist political movement
  • reDeptel , regarding Department of State telegram
  • reftel , reference telegram
  • remytel , regarding my telegram
  • Repto , series indicator for messages to the Economic Cooperation Administration headquarters in Washington from the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • S , Office of the Secretary of State
  • S/A , Office of the Ambassador at Large, Department of State
  • S/ISA , Office of International Security Affairs, Department of State
  • S/MSA , Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (Mutual Security Affairs)
  • S/P , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • S/S , Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–CR , Correspondence Review Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–PR , Protocol Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • SA , Saudi Arabia
  • SACEUR , Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
  • SACLANT , Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic
  • SACME , Supreme Allied Commander, Middle East
  • SAG , Saudi Arabian Government
  • SC (SECCO) , Security Council of the United Nations
  • SecGen , Secretary-General
  • Secto , series indicator for telegrams to the Department of State from the Secretary of State or his delegation in connection with conferences of Foreign Ministers
  • SHAPE , Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe
  • SOAFR , Union of South Africa
  • Socony , Standard Oil Company of New York
  • SYG , Secretary-General
  • TA , trade agreement
  • Tapline , Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company
  • TCA , Technical Cooperation Administration, Department of State
  • TCO , Technical Cooperation Officer
  • Telac , series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Acheson while away from Washington
  • Telecon , telecommunication conference
  • TIAS , Treaties and Other International Acts Series
  • TL , Turkish lira
  • Toeca , series indicator for telegrams to the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington from its missions abroad
  • Toisa , designation for telegrams dealing with matters within the responsibility of the Director, International Security Affairs, Department of State
  • Tomap , designation for telegrams concerned with the Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • TopSec , top secret
  • Torep , series indicator for messages from the Economic Cooperation Administration headquarters in Washington to the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • Tosec , series indicator for telegrams from the Department of State to the Secretary of State or his delegation in connection with conferences of Foreign Ministers
  • Totec , designation for telegrams dealing with technical assistance
  • TSO , Truce Supervisory Organization of the United Nations
  • TVA , Tennessee Valley Authority
  • TWA , Trans-World Airlines, Inc.
  • U , Under Secretary of State
  • U/FW , Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State (Fisheries and Wildlife)
  • UGCC , United Gold Coast Convention, a Gold Coast political party
  • UGTT , Union Générate des Travailleurs Tunisiens, a Tunisian nationalist trade union organization
  • UKDel , United Kingdom Delegation
  • UKFO , United Kingdom Foreign Office
  • UN , United Nations
  • UNA , Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNCCP , United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine
  • UND , Office of Dependent Area Affairs, Department of State
  • UNE , Office of United Nations Economic and Social Affairs, Department of State
  • UNGA , United Nations General Assembly
  • UNO , United Nations Organization
  • UNP , Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • Unpal , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Representative on the Conciliation Commission for Palestine
  • Unrap , series indicator for telegrams to or concerning the United States Member of the Advisory Commission to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • UNRWAPNE (UNRWA, UNRWAP) , United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • UNSC , United Nations Security Council
  • UNSCOB , United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans
  • UNTS , United Nations Treaty Series
  • UNTSO , United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization
  • UP , United Press
  • urdesp , your despatch
  • urtel , your telegram
  • USA , United States Army
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USDel , United States Delegation
  • USG , United States Government
  • USIE , United States Information and Educational Exchange Program
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • USN , United States Navy
  • UST , United States Treaties and Other International Agreements
  • USUN , United States Mission at the United Nations
  • VOA , Voice of America
  • WE , Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WFTU , World Federation of Trade Unions
  • WHO , World Health Organization
  • WPC , World Peace Congress (Conference)