Acronyms Used in Government Contracting (N)

Master list of the most frequently used government contracting acronyms. These acronyms and abbreviations are routinely used in government solicitations. You will also encounter these acronyms throughout the various sections of government contracts. This master list of acronyms will help you better understand the specialized language of government contracting. This is essential for successfully doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and working with contracting offices at military bases and DoD agencies.  You can also use our Glossary of defense contracting terms.


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NAD   National Armaments Director
NAE   Navy Acquisition Executive
NAF   Naval Air Facility
NAF   Non-Appropriated Fund
NAF   Numbered Air Force
NAFI   Navy-Air Force Interface
NAICS   North American Industry Class System
NAS   Naval Air Station
NASA   National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO   North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVAIR   Naval Air Systems Command
NAVFAC   Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NAVSEA   Naval Sea Systems Command
NAVSUP   Naval Supply Systems Command
NAWC   Naval Air Warfare Center
NCA   National Command Authority
NCC   Negotiated Contract Cost
NCCA   Naval Center for Cost Analysis
NCES   Net-Centric Enterprise Services
NDAA   National Defense Authorization Act
NDI   Non-Developmental Item
NDS   National Defense Strategy
NDU   National Defense University
NETWARS   Network Warfare Simulation
NGA   National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
NIAB   National Intelligence Acquisition Board
NIPRNET   Nonclassifed (Non-Secure) Internet Protocol Router Network
NMCARS   Navy and Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement
NMS   National Military Strategy 
NOI   Notice of Intent
NPV   Net Present Value
NRC   Non-Recurring Cost
NR-KPP   Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter
NRL   Naval Research Laboratory
NRO   National Reconnaissance Office
NROC   Navy Requirements Oversight Council
NSA   National Security Agency
NSA   Naval Support Activity 
NSC   National Security Council
NSF   Navy Stock Fund
NSN   National Stock Number
NST   New Source Testing
NSWC   Naval Surface Warfare Center
NTE   Not to Exceed
NTP   Navy Training Plan
NTP   Not to Proceed
NULO   Negative Unliquidated Obligation
NWC   National War College
NWC   Navy War College  
NWSC   Naval Weapons Support Center


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