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Special Operations Glossary

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The Special Forces community and the military services in general use a multitude of words, phrases, and acronyms in its vocabulary, documentation, correspondence, and publications.  This glossary is intended to aid those unfamiliar with specific special operations terminology.

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IAW.  In Accordance With.

IC.  Intelligence Community.

IC-ITE. intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise is moving the intelligence community agencies (about 17 of them) toward shared services. Learn more at link below:

IDAD.  See Internal Defense And Development below for definition.

IDS.  Intrusion Detection System.

IED.  Improvised Explosive Device.

IEW.  Intelligence and electronic warfare.

IIR.  Intelligence Information Report.

Illum.  Illumination.

IMINT.  Imagery Intelligence.

Indicator.  "In Intelligence usage, an item of information which reflects the intention or capability of a potential enemy to adopt or reject a course of action".  (JP 1-02).

Infiltration.  "The movement through or into an area or territory occupied by either friendly or enemy troops or organizations.  The movement is made, either by small groups or by individuals, at extended or irregular intervals. When used in connection with the enemy, it infers that contact is avoided".  (JP 1-02).

INFOSEC.  Information Security.

Insurgency.  1.  "An organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through use of subversion and armed conflict".  (JP 1-02).  2.  "A condition resulting from a revolt or insurrection against a constituted government that falls short of civil war". (FM 41-10).

Intelligence Requirement or IR.  "1.  Any subject, general or specific, upon which there is a need for the collection of informatioin, or the production of intelligence.  2.  A requirement for intelligence to fill a gap in the command's knowledge or understanding of the battlespace or threat forces".  (JP 1-02).

Internal Defense and Development or IDAD.  "The full range of measures taken by a nation to promote its growth and to protect itself from subversion, lawlessness, and insurgency.  It focuses on building viable institutions (political, economic, social, and military) that responds to the needs of society".  (JP 1-02). . . .   In the late 60s and early 70s the JFK Institute for Military Assistance (now SWCS) offered resident and correspondence courses in IDAD . . . .  but then counterinsurgency doctrine gave way to other mission sets such as SR, DA, and counterterrorism.

INTREP.  Intelligence Report.

INTSUM.  Intelligence Summary.

IO.  Information Operations.  Something we still have not figured out how to do very well . . . . and in a timely manner.

IOT.  In Order To.

IPB.  Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield.  Something that the 18F does on the ODA.

IPW.  Prisoner of War Interrogation.

IR.  Information Requirement.  See defination above.

IR.  Infrared.

I-REMBASS.  Improved-Remotely Monitored Battlefield Sensor System.

ISB.  Intermediate Staging Base.

ISOFAC.  Isolation Facility.  A place where an ODA is sequestered to conduct mission planning, coordination, preparation, and rehearsals.  Provides secrecy to the operation.  An ISOFAC was historically run by an ODB (SF company HQs) as part of an FOB (Bn) or SFOB (Group) organization.

ISOPREP.  Isolated Personnel Report.  This used to be prepared prior to or during isolation (see ISOFAC above) and was paper-based.  Now it is electronically prepared using the Personnel Recovery Mission Software (PRMS).

ISR.  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.  Most people associate ISR with drones or UAVs; however, the meaning is much more encompassing.

IV.  Intravenous line into a vein to push fluids, anti-biotics, etc. into a person.


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