Government’s long list of acronyms often comes with unintended (or perhaps intended) double meanings. While our first role is to help GovWin members find new opportunities that best suit their company’s specialties, here are a few program names that caught our eye as we were searching through the INPUT database.
For instance, we were shocked to find that both APPS (Air Education and Training Command Planning and Programming System) and AppStore (Application Store Development) had nothing to do with APPLE (Adaptive Photonic Phaselocked Elements).
Action-focused program names are led by BOSS (Business Operations and Support Services) and BEST (Base Environmental Support), cranked up by AMPS (Advanced Mission Program for Space) and settling down with BLISS (Baghdad Life Support Services) and ABIR (Airforce Infrared Platforms and Sensors Capability for the Ballistic Missile Defense System).
Many raised eyebrows: JCREW (Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare) has nothing to do with clothing, though LOS_BLOWS(Advanced Line of Site Beyond Line of Site Armament Systems Engineering Support) seems suitably hard-hitting. And the presumably non-odoriferous RIPIT (Requirements Integration and Process Improvement Team) actually made my nose twitch.
There are several genius names too. From the unabashedly brilliant AEHF / SMART-T(Advanced Extremely High Frequency Secure Mobile Antijam Reliable Tactical Terminal Repackaging and Uparmor Effort), the highly onomatopoeia-like power of NAVFAC PAC(Architect Engineer Services Follow On) and the surfer-meets-scientist appeal of RAD NUC (Capabilities to Support Detecting and Identifying Radiological Nuclear Materials in Freight Rail Cargo).
While simpler names from COBRA (Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance Analysis Program Support), ARMS (Aviation Resource Management System), AIMS (Aviation Integration and Maintenance Services), CAIN (Clustered Asset Inventory Network) andASTEROID (Army SMDC Technology Experimental Research Operations Integration and Development) did catch our eye, one truly stood out from all the others.
Oh, and it’s good.
The AWACS Flight Crew Trainer program helps train Air Force personnel on handling their flying radar stations but we were curious about why the contract’s acronym is represented by three simple letters that, when pronounced, need no explanation… “FCT.”
What’s Your Favorite Government Acronym?
As government contractors and employees you experience government-speak every day. Do you have any unfortunately (or awesomely) named programs, agencies or other entities that you work with? If so, please leave a comment below.