TAB A - Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary

This provides a listing of acronyms found in this report. Additionally, the glossary section provides definitions for selected technical terms that are not found in common usage.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

CIA Central Intelligence Agency
COAMPS Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System
CW chemical warfare
DCI Director of Central Intelligence
DoD Department of Defense
GDAS Global Data Assimilation System
GPL general population limit
HPAC Hazard Prediction Assessment Capability
NBC nuclear, biological, and chemical
NOGAPS Naval Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System
OMEGA Operational Multiscale Environment Model with Grid Adaptivity
SCIPUFF Second-order Closure Integrated Puff
UNSCOM United Nations Special Commission on Iraq
US United States
VLSTRACK Vapor, Liquid, and Solid Tracking


Chemical warfare agent

A chemical warfare agent is a chemical substance excluding riot control agents, herbicides, smoke, and flame, used in military operations to kill, seriously injure, or incapacitate though its physiological effects. Chemical warfare agents include blood, nerve, blister, choking, and incapacitating agents.[61]

General population limit

The general population limit is the average concentration below which the general population, including children and the elderly, could remain indefinitely with no effects. For example, the general population limit for mustard is 0.432 milligram-minute per cubic meter of air (0.0001 x 72 hours x 60 minutes).[62]


GulfLINK is a World Wide Web site maintained by the Office of the Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses (

Intelligence Community

The Intelligence Community is the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (State Department), the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the military services’ intelligence staffs and centers, and other organizations within the Departments of Defense, Treasury, Justice, and Energy. Intelligence related to military efforts includes information at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

Mustard agent

A group of blister agents that include sulfur mustards (H and HD) and nitrogen mustards (HN-1, HN-2, HN-3), which are considered derivatives of ammonia. Mustard agent can penetrate skin and many materials. Mustard agents are very persistent under cold and temperate conditions.[63]

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