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JUST as the legal profession has developed
‘legalese’, Defence has a language all of its
own. It is full of specialised words and terms
to help create short, sharp and unambiguous
That doesn’t mean that the language is clear
to all. Acronyms such asl ADO, ADFA and POET
might mean different things to different people. And,
it is highly possible you could construct a complete
paragraph using only abbreviations, acronyms and
initialisations which, if you are lucky, someone else
That’s where the Australian Defence Glossary
(ADG), comes in handy.
It is an unclassified repository of Defence relat-
ed terminology, located on the Defence Protected
The ADG standardises definitions, abbreviations
and shortened forms. It assists in enhancing commu-
nication across Defence and reduces confusing terms.
The Head of Force Analysis, Air Commodore
Richard Lennon, says it’s not surprising to hear that
people get bogged down in Defence terminology.
“We need specialised language, no doubt,” he
says. “But we also need a way to capture that lan-
guage and present it so we can all understand it.”
The ADG was first developed in 2004 and was
significantly updated in 2012.
It is the authoritative source for all Defence ter-
minology, with more than 71,000 terms currently
listed. The VCDF/Associate Secretary Joint Directive
1/2018 directs that this glossary is to be the definitive
source of Defence related terminology and that all
other Defence glossaries will be eventually rolled
into the ADG.
As with any form of communication, it is always
the context that is critical to improving understanding
and reducing miscommunication.
The ADG explains these terms and spells out
many of our acronyms and abbreviations, and links
particular definitions to their respective business area,
Group or Service.
It also provides the context within which they
are used by referencing the relevant and authorised
Defence publications including doctrine, manuals,
procedures, legislation and policy.
Many people, particularly those new to Defence,
are not aware of the existence of the ADG and strug-
gle with understanding Defence terminology. The
ADG standardises definitions, abbreviations and
shortened forms. It assists in enhancing communica-
tion across Defence and reduces confusing terms.
The ADG team leader, Dr Tracey Dalitz, says the
thousands of items are managed by just a few per-
“The ADG is staffed by a small team located in
Joint Doctrine Directorate,” Tracey says.
“Many of the team are reservists located remotely.
“We enter and archive terms, and check glossaries
due to be published in approved publications.
“We can also assist Defence personnel in search-
ing the ADG and help them propose amendments and
The ADG is Defence’s single approved glossary.
Every entry is sponsored for accuracy and includes
the term, a definition or shortened form, the con-
text and authorised publications in which the term
However, content management is only half the
The software that supports the ADG is managed
by CIOG. There is a close working relationship
between the two organisations to maintain the current
system and to look to the future. A replacement for
the current ADG software is part of the Enterprise
Information Management project that will see a
fundamental change in the way Defence manages
information and is another step towards realising One
u The ADG can be accessed at http://adg.eas.defence.
mil.au/home.asp. Anyone in Defence can propose
new terms for the ADG, as long as the terms appear
in an authorised Defence publication, have Band
1/1-Star (or higher) approval and include both the
term and either a definition or abbreviation. If you
have any questions, or wish to propose new terms,
email ADG.Support@drn.mil.au or call the ADG
Manager on 02 6265 1903.
The ADG is the ABC
of the DOD
Lieutenant Commander Alan Legge, Dr Tracey Dalitz and Pilot Officer Konstantin Khomko search for terms
for the Australian Defence Glossary.
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