Like the military and many other highly technical professions, the world of intelligence loves acronyms. We use acronyms to the point that they become words themselves. We even take acronyms and embed them into other acronyms. We love them because they help simplify our day to day communications between those who understand their meaning. To those outside of the intelligence community, it can appear as if we’re speaking a different language altogether.
One acronym that is almost uniformly misunderstood and yet hated in the intelligence community is LPTA. Indeed the mention of it evokes emotions of frustration and disgust from both government managers and contractors who understand what it means, albeit for different reasons. Those seeking an intelligence career need to understand what LPTA means and why to be very very wary of it.
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