Index Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations

k 1Boltzmann’s constant, 2kilo

K 1cathode [vacuum tube], 2Kelvin, 3aircraft symbol – tanker, 4thousand (for computer storage, 1024), 5contract

K-BALL cannibalize

kW kiloohm

K9 canine (for K9 corps – Army dogs)

kA kiloampere

KA-6 Intruder

KAAP [AR 310-50] Kansas Army Ammunition Plant

KAC key access code

KACHINA Advanced computer program to test computer simulation of complex components

KAL [JP 1-02] key assets list

KAM keep alive memory

KAPP [JP 1-02] Key Assets Protection Program

KAPSE kernel Ada programming support environment

KATUSA [AR 310-50] Korean Augmentation to United States Army

KAWD contract award date [Dates in contracts are often KAWD multiples ( e.g., KAWD + 10 mos.)]

kb kilobit

KB 1keyboard, 2kilobyte (1,024 bytes), 3knowledge base

Kb/S kilobits per second

KBD keyboard

KBD$ keyboard [OS/2]

Kbps kilobits per second

KBps kilobytes per second

KBS knowledge based system

KBSA knowledge based software assistant

KBU keyboard unit

kc kilocycle(s) (obsolete, use hertz (Hz))

KC-10 Extender

KC-135 Stratotanker

KCOIC Korean Combat Operations Information Center

KD 1keyboard display, 2kiln dried, 3kilodigit, 4knocked down, 5known distances

KDC key distribution center

KDR 1keyboard data recorder, 2kill/detection ratio

KDT 1keyboard display terminal, 2key definition table

KDU keyboard display unit

KE kinetic energy

KEA key exchange algorithm

KEAS knot equivalent air speed

KEDO Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization

Keff effective multiplication factor

KEFIR key findings reporter [GTE]

KEI key enabling investment

KEK [JP 1-02] key encryption key

KERMIT 1mainframe/micro, micro/micro protocol (named after the legendary frog), 2Kl-10 error-free reciprocal micro interconnect over TTY lines

KES Key Escrow System

keV kilo-electron-volt

KEW kinetic energy weapons

KEYB keyboard

KEYBBE Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Belgium

KEYBBR Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Brazil

KEYBCF Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Canadian-French

KEYBCZ Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Czechoslovakia

KEYBDK Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Denmark

KEYBFR Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – France

KEYBGR Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Germany

KEYBHU Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Hungary

KEYBIT Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Italy

KEYBLA Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Latin America

KEYBNL Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Netherlands

KEYBNO Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Norway

KEYBPL Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Poland

KEYBPO Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Portugal

KEYBSF Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Swiss-French

KEYBSG Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Swiss-German

KEYBSL Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Czechoslovakia (Slovak)

KEYBSP Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Spain

KEYBSU Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Finland

KEYBSV Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Sweden

KEYBUK Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – United Kingdom

KEYBUS Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – United States

KEYBYU Foreign Language KEYBoard Program – Yugoslavia

KEYSTREAM output of crypto device

KFL key facilities list

kg kilogram (103 grams; 1kg = 2.205 pounds)

KG key generator (crypto)

kg/m3 kilogram per cubic meter

kgm kilogram-meter

kgps kilogram per second

kHz kilohertz (103 hertz)

KIA killed in action

KIAS knots indicated air speed

KIBO knowledge in, bull out

KIDS knowledge-based integrated design system

KIF knowledge interchange format

KIFIS Kollsman Integrated Flight Instrumentation System

KIND MOD kind of modification

KIP [AR 310-50] key intelligence position

KIPO keyboard input printout

KIPS thousands of instructions per second

KIS 1Knowbot Information Service [Internet], 2keyboard input simulation

KISS 1Korean Intelligence Support System, 2keep it short and simple

KIT 1Windows-based Kernel for intelligent communication terminals, 2KAPSE interface team

KITIA KAPSE Interface Team for Industry and Academia

KK 1, 000.000

KL key length

KLOC thousand (k) lines of code

km kilometer (103 meters: 1 km = 0.621 miles)

kM kilomega (obsolete)

KMAG [AR 310-50] United States Army Advisory Group, Korea

kMc kilomegacycle (obsolete, see GHz)

KMP key measurement point

KMPH [AR 310-50] kilometers per hour

KMR Kwajalein Missile Range

KMS 1knowledge management system, 2key management system

KMU guidance unit for guided bombs

KN 1knot, 2[FM 101-5-1] Korea (North)

KNOBS knowledge based system (RADC)

KO 1contracting officer (also CO), 2Korea, 3knock out

KOC key operational capability

kohm kilohm [also shown as kW]

KOR knowledge of results

KP 1key punch, 2key point, 3[JP 1-02] key pulse

KPA key process areas

KPI kernel programming interface

KPL key personnel locator

KPNO Kitt Peak National Observatory

KPO KeyPunch operator

KPP key performance parameter

KPS knowledge processing system

KPU keyboard printer unit

KPUP Key Personnel Update System

KQML knowledge query and manipulation language

Kr contractor

KR contractor

KRITO critical experiment

KRS 1knowledge retrieval system, 2knowledge-based replanning system

KS 1Kansas, 2Directorate of Mission Support, 3Korea (South)

KSA knowledge, skills, and attitudes

KSC 1Kennedy Space Center, 2[AR 310-50] Korean Service Corps

KSH Korn Shell (program) [UNIX]

KSLOC kilo source lines of code

KSM [AR 310-50] Korean Service Medal

KSN kit serial number

KSOS kernalized secure operating system

KSP key supplier processess

KSPH keystrokes per hour

KSR keyboard send/receive [set]

KSS knowledge support system

KSU key service unit

KSUB submarine broadcast

kt 1[FM 101-5-1] kiloton, 2[JP 1-02] knot (nautical miles per hour)

KT 1kiloton, 2contract

Ktr contractor

KTR contractor

KTS 1key telephone system, 2knots

KTTC Keesler Technical Training Center

KTU [JP 1-02] Korea telephone upgrade

KU [FM 101-5-1] Kuwait

KUMSC Kirkland Underground Munitions Storage Complexes

KUSLO Kenya – United States Liaison Office

kV kilovolt (103 volts)

kVA kilovolt ampere

kVAh kilovolt-ampere-hour

kVAhm kilovolt-ampere-hour meter

kvar kilovar

kVdc kilovolt direct current

KVDT keyboard video display terminal

KVDU keyboard/visual display unit

KVG [JP 1-02] key variable generator

kW kilowatt

KWAJ [AR 310-50] Kwajalein Atoll

KWCC KTACS Warning and Control Center

kWh kilowatt-hour

kWhm kilowatt-hour meter

KWIC key word in context

KWNX keyword index subsystem

KWOC key word out of context

KY Kentucky

KZ [FM 101-5-1] Kazakhstan