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P
parallel pattern; priority

PA
parent relay; physician assistant; probability of arrival; public affairs

PAA
primary aircraft authorization

PABX
private automatic branch exchange (telephone)

PACAF
Pacific Air Forces

PAD
positional adjustment; precision aircraft direction

PADD
person authorized to direct disposition of remains

PADS
position azimuth determining system

PAG
public affairs guidance

PAI
primary aircraft inventory

PAL
permissive action link; personnel allowance list; program assembler language

PALS
precision approach landing system

PAM
pulse amplitude modulation

PANS
procedures for air navigation services

PAO
Public Affairs Office; public affairs officer

PAR
performance assessment report; population at risk; precision approach radar

PARKHILL
high frequency cryptological device

PARPRO
peacetime application of reconnaissance programs

PAS
personnel accounting symbol

PAT
public affairs team

PAV
policy assessment visit

PAWS
phased array warning system

PAX
passengers; public affairs plans

PB
particle beam; patrol boat; President's budget

PBA
production base analysis

PBCR
portable bar code recorder

PBD
program budget decisions

Pc
cumulative probability of detection

PC
patrol craft; personal computer; pilot in command; preliminary coordination; principals committee

P,C,&H
packing, crating, and handling

PCC
policy coordinating committee; primary control center

PCF
personnel control facility

PCL
positive control launch

PC-LITE
processor, laptop imagery transmission equipment

PCM
pulse code modulation

PCO
primary control officer; procuring contracting officer

PCRTS
primary casualty receiving and treatment ship

PCS
permanent change of station; personal communications system; primary control ship; processing subsystem; processor controlled strapping

PCT
personnel control team

PCZ
physical control zone

Pd
drift compensated parallelogram pattern

PD
position description; Presidential directive; probability of damage; probability of detection; procedures description; program definition; program directive; program director; public diplomacy

PDAI
primary development/test aircraft inventory

PDD
Presidential decision directive

PDDA
power driven decontamination apparatus

PDDG
program directive development group

PDG
positional data graphic

PDM
program decision memorandum

PDOP
position dilution of precision

PDS
position determining system; primary distribution site; protected distribution system
PE
peace enforcement; peacetime establishment; personal effects; program element

PEAD
Presidential emergency action document

PEAS
psychological operations (PSYOP) effects analysis subsystem

PEC
program element code

PECK
patient evacuation contingency kit

PECP
precision engagement collaboration process

PEDB
planning and execution database

PEGEO
personnel geographic location

PEI
principal end item

PEM
program element monitor

PEO
peace enforcement operations

PEP
personnel exchange program

PER
personnel

PERE
person eligible to receive effects

PERID
period

PERINTSUM
periodic intelligence summary

PERMREP
permanent representative (NATO)

PERSCO
personnel support for contingency operations

PERSCOM
personnel command (Army)

PERSINS
personnel information system

PES
preparedness evaluation system

PFD
personal flotation device

PFDB
planning factors database

PFIAB
President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

PFID
positive friendly identification

PFP
Partnership for Peace (NATO)

PGM
precision-guided munition

PHIBCB
amphibious construction battalion

PHIBGRU
amphibious group

PHIBOP
amphibious operation

PHIBRON
amphibious squadron

PHO
posthostilities operations

PHOTINT
photographic intelligence

PHS
Public Health Service

PI
point of impact; probability of incapacitation; procedural item

PIC
parent indicator code; payment in cash; person identification code; pilot in command; press information center (NATO)

PID
plan identification number

PIDD
planned inactivation or discontinued date

PIF
problem identification flag

PII
pre-incident indicators

PIM
pretrained individual manpower

PIN
personnel increment number

PINS
precise integrated navigation system

PIO
press information officer; public information officer

PIPS
plans integration partitioning system

PIR
priority intelligence requirement

PIRAZ
positive identification radar advisory zone

PIREP
pilot report

PIW
person in water

PJ
pararescue jumper

PK
peacekeeping; probability of kill

PKG-POL
packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants

PKI
public key infrastructure

PKO
peacekeeping operations

PKP
purple k powder

PL
phase line; public law

PLA
plain language address

PLAD
plain language address directory

PLANORD
planning order

PLAT
pilot's landing aid television

PLB
personal locator beacon

PLC
power line conditioner

PLGR
precise lightweight global positioning system (GPS) receiver

PLL
phase locked loop

PLL/ASL
prescribed load list/authorized stock level

PLRS
position location reporting system

PLS
palletized load system; personal locator system; pillars of logistic support: precision locator system

PLT
platoon; program library tape

PM
parallel track multiunit; passage material; patient movement; preventive medicine; program manager; provost marshal

PMA
political/military assessment

PMAI
primary mission aircraft inventory

PMC
parallel multiunit circle; partial mission-capable

P/M/C
passengers/mail/cargo

PMCM
partial mission-capable, maintenance

PMCS
partial mission-capable, supply

PMCT
port movement control team

PMD
program management directive

PME
professional military education

PMEL
precision measurement equipment laboratory

PMGM
program manager's guidance memorandum

PMI
patient movement item

PMIS
psychological operations (PSYOP) management information subsystem

PMN
parallel track multiunit non-return

PMO
production management office(r); program management office

PMOS
primary military occupational specialty

PMR
parallel track multiunit return; patient movement request; patient movement requirement

PMRC
patient movement requirements center

PMS
portable meteorological subsystem

PN
pseudonoise

PNID
precedence network in dialing

PNVS
pilot night vision system

P/O
part of

PO
peace operations; petty officer

POA
plan of action

POADS
psychological operations automated data system

POAI
primary other aircraft inventory

POAS
psychological operations automated system

POAT
psychological operations assessment team

POB
persons on board; psychological operations battalion

POC
point of contact

POD
plan of the day; port of debarkation; probability of detection

POE
port of embarkation; port of entry

POF
priority of fires

POG
port operations group; psychological operations group

POI
period of interest; program of instruction

POL
petroleum, oil, and lubricants

POLAD
political advisor

POLCAP
bulk petroleum capabilities report

POLMIL
political-military

POM
program objective memorandum

POMCUS
pre-positioning of materiel configured to unit sets

POMSO
Plans, Operations, and Military Support Office(r) (NG)

POP
performance oriented packaging

POR
proposed operational requirement

PORTS
portable remote telecommunications system

PORTSIM
port simulation

POS
peacetime operating stocks; port of support; probability of success

POSF
port of support file

POSSUB
possible submarine

POSTMOB
post mobilization

POTF
psychological operations task force

POTG
psychological operations task group

POTUS
President of the United States

POV
privately owned vehicle

POW
prisoner of war

p-p
peak-to-peak

P/P
patch panel

PPA
personnel information system (PERSINS) personnel activity

PPAG
proposed public affairs guidance

PPBS
Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System

PPD
program planning document

PPDB
point positioning database

PPE
personal protective equipment

Pplan
programming plan

ppm
parts per million

PPP
power projection platform; primary patch panel; priority placement program

PPR
prior permission required

PPS
precision positioning service

PR
personnel recovery; Phoenix Raven; primary zone; production requirement; program review

PRA
primary review authority

PRANG
Puerto Rican Air National Guard

PRBS
pseudorandom binary sequence

PRCA
Presidential Reserve Callup Authority

PRD
personnel readiness division; Presidential review directive

PRECOM
preliminary communications search

PREMOB
pre-mobilization

PREPO
pre-positioned force, equipment, or supplies; pre-positioning

PREREP
pre-arrival report

PRF
personnel resources file; pulse repetition frequency

PRG
program review group

PRI
movement priority for forces having the same latest arrival date (LAD); priority; progressive routing indicator

PRIFLY
primary flight control

Prime BEEF
Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force

PRM
Presidential review memorandum

PRMFL
perm file

PRN
pseudorandom noise

PROBSUB
probable submarine

PROC
processor; Puerto Rican Operations Center

PROFIS
professional officer filler information system

PROM
programmable read-only memory

PROPIN
caution, proprietary information involved

PROVORG
providing organization

proword
procedure word

PRP
personnel reliability program

PRRIS
Puerto Rican radar integration system

PRSL
primary zone/switch location

PRT
pararescue team

PRU
pararescue unit; primary reporting unit

PS
parallel track single-unit; processing subsystem

PSA
port support activity

PSB
poststrike base

PSC
port security company; principal subordinate command

PSD
planning systems division

PSE
peculiar support equipment; psychological operations support element

PSHD
port security and harbor defense

PSHDGRU
port security and harbor defense group

PSI
personnel security investigation; Proliferation Security Initiative

PSK
phase shift keying

PSL
parallel track single-unit long-range aid to navigation (LORAN)

PSMS
Personnel Status Monitoring System

PSN
packet switching node; public switch network

PSO
post security officer

PSP
perforated steel planking; power support platform

PSPS
psychological operations (PSYOP) studies program subsystem

PSS
parallel single-unit spiral

P-STATIC
precipitation static

PSTN
public switched telephone network

PSU
port security unit

PSV
psuedosynthetic video

PSYOP
psychological operations

PTAI
primary training aircraft inventory

PTC
peace through confrontation; primary traffic channel

PTT
postal telephone and telegraph; public telephone and telegraph; push-to-talk

PTTI
precise time and time interval

pub
publication

PUK
packup kit

PUL
parent unit level

PV
prime vendor

PVNTMED
preventive medicine

PVT
positioning, velocity, and timing

PW
prisoner of war

pW
picowatt

PWB
printed wiring board (assembly)

PWD
programmed warhead detonation

PWF
personnel working file

PWIS
Prisoner of War Information System

PWR
pre-positioned wartime reserves

PWRMR
pre-positioned war materiel requirement

PWRMS
pre-positioned war reserve materiel stock

PWRR
petroleum war reserve requirements

PWRS
petroleum war reserve stocks; pre-positioned war reserve stock

PZ
pickup zone

 
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