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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 , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
  • ADCOM , Advisory Commission (or Committee)
  • AE , atomic energy
  • AEC , Atomic Energy Commission
  • AFN , Armed Forces Network
  • A/FS , Director General, Foreign Service, Department of State
  • A/MS , Management Staff, Department of State
  • ANZUS , Australia, New Zealand, United States
  • ARA , Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • ARA/P , Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • BBC , British Broadcasting Corporation
  • BNA , Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs, Department of State
  • BW , biological warfare
  • CA , Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State
  • CEA , Council of Economic Advisers
  • CEV , ChurchillEden visit
  • CIA , Central Intelligence Agency
  • COMINT , Communications Intelligence
  • CON , Office of Security and Consular Affairs, Department of State
  • CPC , Combined Policy Committee
  • CS , Division of Central Services, Bureau of Administration, Department of State
  • CSC , Coal and Steel Community
  • CW , chemical warfare
  • DAC , Interdepartmental Working Group on Disarmament
  • DC , United Nations Disarmament Commission
  • Delga , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Depcirtel , Department of State circular telegram
  • Deptel , Department of State telegram
  • DMPA , Defense Materials Procurement Agency
  • DMS , Director for Mutual Security
  • DOD , Department of Defense
  • Dulte , primarily a series indicator for telegrams from Secretary of State Dulles while absent from Washington; also used as a series indicator for telegrams to Dulles from the head of the United States delegation at an international conference
  • ECA , Economic Cooperation Administration
  • ECOSOC , Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • ECSC , European Coal and Steel Community
  • EDC , European Defense Community
  • EPC , European Political Community
  • EUCOM , European Command
  • EUR , Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • FBI , Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FBO , Office of Foreign Buildings Operations, Department of State
  • FCDA , Federal Civil Defense Administration
  • FE , Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FECOM , Far East Command
  • FE/P , Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FI , Foreign Service Inspection Corps, Department of State
  • FOA , Foreign Operations Administration
  • FY , fiscal year
  • FYI , for your information
  • G , Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State
  • G–2 , Army general staff section dealing with intelligence at the divisional level or higher
  • G/PM , Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs
  • GA , General Assembly of the United Nations
  • Gadel , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • GER , Bureau (from 1953, Office) of German Affairs, Department of State
  • GER/P , Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau (from 1953, Office) of German Affairs, Department of State
  • GSA , General Services Administration
  • H , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
  • HICOG , United States High Commissioner for Germany
  • IAC , Intelligence Advisory Committee
  • IAEA , International Atomic Energy Agency
  • IAE/S , Departmental Staff, Commission on Educational Exchange, United States International Information Administration
  • IBRD , International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • IBS , International Broadcasting Service
  • ICIS , Interdepartmental Committee on Internal Security
  • ICS , Information Center Service
  • IE , Intelligence Estimate (Department of State)
  • IFI , Field Programs, United States International Information Administration
  • IIA , International Information Administration
  • IIA:IPO , Office of Policy and Plans, United States International Information Administration
  • IIC , Interdepartmental Intelligence Conference
  • IMS , International Motion Picture Service
  • IO , Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State
  • JAEIC , Joint Atomic Energy Intelligence Committee
  • JCAE , Joint Committee on Atomic Energy
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JIC , Joint Intelligence Committee
  • KT , kilotons
  • L , Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • LOC , line of communication
  • L/P , Assistant Legal Adviser for Public Affairs, Department of State
  • L/UNA , Assistant Legal Adviser for United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • MDAP , Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • MGB , Ministerstvo Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti (Ministry for State Security of the Soviet Union)
  • MSA , Mutual Security Agency
  • MVD , Ministerstvo Vnutrennykh Del’ (Ministry of the Interior of the Soviet Union)
  • NAO , New York Administrative Office, United States International Information Agency
  • NATO , North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • NCFE , National Committee for a Free Europe
  • NEA , Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NEA/P , Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • niact , night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE , National Intelligence Estimate
  • NSC , National Security Council
  • NSRB , National Security Resources Board
  • OBF , Office of Budget and Finance, Department of State
  • OCB , Operations Coordinating Board
  • ODM , Office of Defense Mobilization
  • OEEC , Organization for European Economic Cooperation
  • OII , Office of International Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State
  • OIR , Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OM , operations memorandum
  • ONI , Office of Naval Intelligence
  • OOF , Office of Operating Facilities, Department of State
  • OSD , Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • OWI , Office of War Information
  • P , Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State
  • PAO , Public Affairs Officer
  • PER , Office of Personnel, Department of State
  • POC , Psychological Operations Coordinating Committee
  • POW , prisoner of war
  • PPS , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • PRS , Program Planning and Evaluation Staff, Department of State
  • PSB , Psychological Strategy Board
  • PSF , President’s Secretary’s File (Truman Papers, Truman Library)
  • PWR , pressurized water reactor
  • RAC , Executive Committee on Regulation of Armaments
  • reftel , reference telegram
  • REP , Division of Foreign Reporting, Department of State
  • RFA , Radio Free Asia
  • RFC , Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • RFE , Radio Free Europe
  • RIAS , Radio in the American sector of Berlin
  • ROK , Republic of Korea
  • RW , Radiological warfare
  • S/AE , Office of the Special Assistant (after May 1954, Consultant) to the Secretary of State for Atomic Energy Affairs
  • S/IAE , Office of the United States Representative for International Atomic Energy Negotiations
  • S/P , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • S/S , Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–S , Committee Secretariat Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • SAC , Strategic Air Command
  • SACEUR , Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
  • SC , Security Council of the United Nations
  • SD–MICC (SD–MIC) , State–Defense Military Information Control Committee
  • SE , Special Estimate
  • SHAPE , Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe
  • SY , Division of Security, Bureau of Administration, Department of State to June 1953; thereafter, Office of Security, Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs
  • SYG , Secretary-General
  • TAC , Tactical Air Command
  • TC , Division of Language Services, Department of State
  • TCA , Technical Cooperation Administration, Department of State
  • Tedul , primarily a series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Dulles while absent from Washington; also used as a series indicator for telegrams from Dulles to the head of the United States Delegation at an international conference
  • Tousi , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Information Agency from posts abroad
  • U , Office of the Under Secretary of State
  • UK , United Kingdom
  • UNA , Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNA/IC , Division of International Conferences, Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNA/P , United Nations Planning Staff, Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNA/R , Refugees and Displaced Persons Staff, Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNC , United Nations Command
  • UNDC , United Nations Disarmament Commission
  • UNESCO , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNGA , United Nations General Assembly
  • UNP , Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USCIB , United States Communications Intelligence Board
  • USDel , United States Delegation
  • USGS , United States Geological Survey
  • USIA , United States Information Agency
  • USIE , United States Information and Education (program)
  • USIIA , United States International Information Administration
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • Usito , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Information Agency to posts abroad
  • USUN , United States Mission at the United Nations
  • VOA , Voice of America