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Military glossary - Letter L


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Landing force support party
(DOD) The forward echelon of the combat service support element formed to facilitate the ship-to-shore movement. It may contain a surface assault support element (shore party) and a helicopter assault support element (helicopter support). The landing force support party is brought into existence by a formal activation order issued by the commander, landing force.

Landing sequence table
(DOD) A document that incorporates the detailed plans for ship-to-shore movement of nonscheduled units.

Landing vehicle, tracked, engineer, model 1
(DOD) A lightly armored amphibious vehicle designed for minefield and obstacle clearance in amphibious assaults and operations inland. Equipped with line charges for projection in advance of the vehicle and bulldozer-type blade with scarifier teeth. Designated as LVTE-l.

Land, sea, or aerospace projection operations
(DOD) The employment of land, sea, or air forces, or appropriate combinations thereof, to project United States military power into areas controlled or threatened by enemy forces. Operations may include penetration of such areas by amphibious, airborne, or land-transported means, as well as air combat operations by land-based and/or carrier air.

Large-lot storage
(DOD) A quantity of material which will require four or more pallet columns stored to maximum height. Usually accepted as stock stored in carload or greater quantities.

Laser linescan system
(DOD, NATO) An active airborne imagery recording system which uses a laser as the primary source of illumination to scan the ground beneath the flight path, adding successive across-track lines to the record as the vehicle advances.

Laser tracker
(DOD, NATO) A device which locks on to the reflected energy from a laser marked/designated target and defines the direction of the target relative to itself.

Latest arrival date
(DOD) A day, relative to C-day, that is specified by a planner as the latest date when a unit, a resupply shipment, or replacement personnel can arrive and complete unloading at the port of debarkation and support the concept of operations.

Launch under attack
(DOD) Execution by National Command Authorities of Single Integrated Operational Plan forces subsequent to tactical warning of strategic nuclear attack against the United States and prior to first impact.

Law Enforcement Agency
(DOD) Any of a number of agencies (outside the Department of Defense) chartered and empowered to enforce laws in the following jurisdictions: The United States, a state (or political subdivision) of the United States, a territory or possession (or political subdivision) of the United States, or to enforce US laws within the borders of a host nation.

Lay leader or lay reader
(DOD) A volunteer ("lay leader" in Army and Air Force; "lay reader" in Navy and Marine Corps) appointed by the commanding officer and supervised and trained by the command chaplain to serve for a period of time to meet the needs of a particular religious faith group when their military chaplains are not available. The lay leader or lay reader may conduct services, but may not exercise any other activities usually reserved for the ordained clergy.

Lead collision course
(DOD, NATO) A vector which, if maintained by an interceptor aircraft, will result in collision between the interceptor's fixed armament and the target.

Left (right) bank
(DOD) That bank of a stream or river on the left (right) of the observer when he is facing in the direction of flow or downstream.

See Minuteman.

Life support equipment
(DOD) Equipment designed to sustain aircrew members and passengers throughout the flight environment, optimizing their mission effectiveness and affording a means of safe and reliable escape, descent, survival, and recovery in emergency situations.

Lightweight amphibious container handler
(DOD) A USMC piece of equipment usually maneuvered by a bulldozer and used to retrieve 20-foot equivalent containers from landing craft in the surf and place them on flatbed truck trailers.

Linear scale
See graphic scale; scale.

Line-route map
(DOD) A map or overlay for signal communications operations that shows the actual routes and types of construction of wire circuits in the field. It also gives the locations of switchboards and telegraph stations.

Link-route segments
(DOD) Route segments that connect nodes wherein link-lift vehicles perform the movement function.

(DOD) A basket or frame utilized for the transport of injured persons.

Loading chart (aircraft)
(DOD) Any one of a series of charts carried in an aircraft which shows the proper location for loads to be transported and which pertains to check-lists, balance records, and clearances for weight and balance.

Load spreader
(DOD, NATO) Material used to distribute the weight of a load over a given floor area to avoid exceeding designed stress.

See line of communications.

(DOD) Low combat air patrol.

Logistic estimate of the situation
(DOD) An appraisal resulting from an orderly examination of the logistic factors influencing contemplated courses of action to provide conclusions concerning the degree and manner of that influence.

Logistics marking and reading symbology
(DOD) A system designed to improve the flow of cargo through the seaport of embarkation and debarkation using bar code technology.

See low-altitude missile engagement zone.

LOTS operations
See logistics over-the-shore operations.

Low-altitude bombing
(DOD) Horizontal bombing with the height of release between 900 and 8,000 feet.

Low dollar value item
(DOD) An item which normally requires considerably less management effort than those in the other management intensity groupings.

Low level transit route
(DOD, NATO) A temporary corridor of defined dimensions established in the forward area to minimize the risk to friendly aircraft from friendly air defenses or surface forces.

Low visibility operations
(DOD) Sensitive operations wherein the political-military restrictions inherent in covert and clandestine operations are either not necessary or not feasible; actions are taken as required to limit exposure of those involved and/or their activities. Execution of these operations is undertaken with the knowledge that the action and/or sponsorship of the operation may preclude plausible denial by the initiating power.

See long ton.

See landing vehicle, tracked, engineer, model 1.