- Counterproliferation : The set of activities that detect and monitor the threat of weapons of special concern against one's own nation and one's allies.
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Weapons of mass destruction : Weapons that cause death or injury not primarily through kinetic energy of projectiles or the detonation of conventional explosives, but rather produce large-scale effects greater than possible with the same weight of explosives weapons; by means heat, blast and radiation from nuclear weapon; poisoning by chemical weapon; infectious disease by biological weapons; or acute or chronic radiation syndromes from radiological weapons.
- Ballistic missile : A guided missile which, once its engines stop firing, follows a generally parabolic path to its target, defined by momentum, aerodynamic resistance, and gravity
- SS-1 SCUD : A Soviet-designed short range and inaccurate ballistic missile, a near-copy of the Second World War V-2 missile, that was widely exported, copied, employed as a base for new development, and used in combat by Iraq
- Operation NORTHERN WATCH : Enforcement of the northern "no-fly" zone over Iraq (i.e., Kurdish areas), following agreements in the cease-fire of the Gulf War; primarily by U.S. air power but with allied involvement, the latter sometimes with more restrictive rules of engagement
- Operation SOUTHERN WATCH : Enforcement of the southern "no-fly" zone over Iraq (i.e., Shiite areas near the Saudi and Kuwaiti borders), following agreements in the cease-fire of the Gulf War; primarily by U.S. air power but with allied involvement, the latter sometimes with more restrictive rules of engagement