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.

  • AFP, Agence France Presse
  • ANZUS, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States (the ANZUS Pact nations)
  • AP, Associated Press
  • ARMA, Army Attaché
  • AS, Associated States (of Indochina—Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia)
  • ASF, Associated States Forces
  • ASIC, Associated States of Indochina
  • BNA, Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs, Department of State
  • C, Office of the Counselor of the Department of State
  • CA, Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State
  • CAS, Controlled American Source
  • CATC, Central Air Transport Corporation (Republic of China)
  • CC, Communist China; Communist Chinese
  • CCF, Communist Chinese Forces
  • CF, conference file
  • CFM, Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CG, Commanding General
  • CHI, Chinese
  • ChiCom, Chinese Communist
  • Chi Commie(s), Chinese Communist(s)
  • CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • CIGS, Chief of the Imperial General Staff (United Kingdom)
  • C-in-C (CINC), Commander in Chief
  • CINCFE, Commander in Chief, Far East
  • CINCPAC, Commander in Chief, Pacific
  • CINCUNC, Commander in Chief, United Nations Command
  • circr, circular
  • cirtel, circular telegram
  • CNAC, China National Aviation Corporation (Republic of China)
  • CNO, Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy
  • Codel, telegram series indicator for Congressional and Vice-Presidential delegation travel
  • Commie(s), Communist (s)
  • COMSAC, Commanding General, Strategic Air Command
  • ConGen, Consul General
  • CPR, Chinese People’s Republic or People’s Republic of China
  • CY, calendar year
  • DA, Department of the Army
  • DBP, Dien Bien Phu
  • DCM, Deputy Chief of Mission
  • DefMin, Defense Minister
  • Del, Delegation; Delegate
  • Depcirtel, Department of State circular telegram
  • Deptel, Department of State telegram
  • DMS, Director of the Mutual Security Agency
  • DMZ, Demilitarized Zone
  • DNP, Democratic Nationalist Party (Republic of Korea)
  • DOD, Department of Defense
  • DPROK, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • DRF, Division of Research for the Far East, Department of State
  • DRV, Democratic Republic of Vietnam
  • DRW, Division of Research for Western Europe, Department of State
  • 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 him from the head of the United States Delegation at an international conference
  • DZ, Demilitarized Zone
  • ECA, Economic Cooperation Administration
  • ECOSOC, United National Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • EDC, European Defense Community
  • EE, Office of Eastern European Affairs, Department of State
  • Emb, Embassy
  • Embtel, Embassy telegram
  • EUR, Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • EUR/P, Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • FE, Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Far Eastern
  • FE/P, Public Affairs Adviser, Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FEACOM (FECOM), Far East Command
  • FEC, French Expeditionary Corps
  • FonAff, Foreign Affairs
  • FonMin, Foreign Minister
  • FonOff, Foreign Office
  • FonSec, Foreign Secretary
  • FSO, Foreign Service Officer
  • FTEO, French forces in the Far East
  • FY, fiscal year
  • FYI, for your information
  • G, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State, Department of State
  • GA, General Assembly of the United Nations
  • GARIOA, Government Assistance and Relief in Occupied Areas
  • Gento, series indicator for telegrams from Defense representatives at the Geneva Conference to the Department of Defense
  • GHQ, General Headquarters
  • GI, paper prepared for the United States Delegation at the Geneva Conference, dealing with the Indochina phase of the Conference
  • GK, paper prepared for the United States Delegation at the Geneva Conference, dealing with the Korea phase of the Conference
  • GKI, paper prepared for the United States Delegation at the Geneva Conference, dealing with both the Indochina and Korea phases of the Conference
  • GM, Groupe Mobile, French regimental combat team
  • HC, High Commissioner
  • HCM, Ho Chi Minh
  • HICOG, United States High Commissioner for Germany
  • HICOM, High Commissioner
  • HM, Her (His) Majesty
  • HMG, Her (His) Majesty’s Government
  • IAC, Intelligence Advisory Committee
  • IC, Division of International Conferences, Department of State; Indo-china
  • ICC, International Control Commission
  • ICJ, International Court of Justice (the World Court)
  • IE, Intelligence Estimate (Department of State)
  • ILO, International Labor Organization
  • INS, International News Service
  • ISA, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs
  • JCS, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • KMAG, United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea
  • L, Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • L/UNA, Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • MAAC, Mutual Assistance Advisory Committee
  • MAAG, Military Assistance Advisory Group
  • MAC, Military Armistice Commission, Korea
  • MAG, Military Advisory Group
  • MDA, Mutual Defense Assistance
  • MDAP, Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • MRP, Mouvement Républicain Populaire, French political party
  • MSA, Mutual Security Act (of 1951); Mutual Security Agency; Mutual Security Assistance
  • msg, message
  • MSP, Mutual Security Program
  • mytel, my telegram
  • NA, Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • NAC, National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems; North Atlantic Council
  • NAT(O), North Atlantic Treaty (Organization)
  • niact, night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE, National Intelligence Estimate
  • NK, North Korea
  • NNRC, Neutral Nation’s Repatriation Commission
  • NNSC, Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission
  • Noforn, no foreign dissemination
  • NSC, National Security Council
  • OC/T (OCR/T), Telegraph Branch of the Office of Communications and Records, Department of State
  • OIR, Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OIR/DRF, Division of Research for the Far East, Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OMA, Office of Military Assistance, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs
  • OPI, Office of Public Information, (Republic of Korea)
  • P, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State
  • PAO, Public Affairs Officer
  • PC, political conference
  • PDROK, People’s Democratic Republic of Korea
  • PermRep, Permanent Representative
  • PM, Prime Minister
  • POC, Peace Observation Commission
  • PPS, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • PRC, People’s Republic of China
  • PriMin, Prime Minister
  • PSA, Office of Philippine and Southeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • PW, Prisoner of War
  • R, Office of the Special Assistant for Intelligence, Department of State
  • reftel, reference telegram
  • ROK, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • S, Office of the Secretary of State, Department of State
  • S/MSA, Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Mutual Security Affairs
  • S/P, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • S/S, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S-O, Operations Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S-RO, Reports and Operations Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • SC, Security Council of the United Nations
  • SEA, Southeast Asia
  • SEATO, Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
  • Secto, series indicator for telegrams to the Department of State from the Secretary of State (or his delegation) in connection with international conferences
  • sitrep, situation report
  • SNIE, Special National Intelligence Estimate
  • SOA, Office of South Asian Affairs
  • SYG, Secretary-General
  • Tedul, primarily a series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Dulles while absent from Washington; also used as series indicator for telegrams from Dulles to the head of [Page X]the United States Delegation at an international conference
  • TIAS, Treaties and Other International Acts Series
  • Tosec, series indicator for telegrams from the Department of State to the Secretary of State (or his delegation) in connection with international conferences
  • U, Office of the Under Secretary of State, Department of State
  • UK, United Kingdom
  • UN, United Nations
  • UNA, Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNC, United Nations Command
  • UNCURK, United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea
  • UNGA, United Nations General Assembly
  • UNO, United Nations Organization
  • UNP, Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • UNSC, United Nations Security Council
  • UNTCOK, United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea
  • UNTS, United Nations Treaty Series
  • UP, United Press
  • URAS, Union des Républicains d’Action Sociale, French political party
  • urtel, your telegram
  • USA, United States Army
  • USAF, United States Air Force
  • USARMA, United States Army Attaché
  • USDel, United States Delegation (Delegate)
  • USIA, United States Information Agency
  • USIS, United States Information Service
  • USMC, United States Marine Corps
  • USN, United States Navy
  • USOM, United States Operations Mission
  • USRO, United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Regional Organizations
  • UST, United States Treaties and Other International Agreements
  • USUN, United States Mission at the United Nations
  • VM, Viet Minh
  • VN, Vietnam; Vietnamese
  • WE, Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WHO, World Health Organization
  • wirom, series indicator for certain Department of State administrative telegrams