Q Star. A Schweizer sailplane, modified to a prototype silent reconnaissance aircraft with an engine behind the pilot. A long shaft was positioned above the cockpit, and a big propeller was fitted on top of the nose.
q-message. [JP 1-02] (DoD, NATO) A classified message relating to navigational dangers, navigational aids, mined areas, and searched or swept channels.
Q-route. [JP 1-02] (DoD) A system of preplanned shipping lanes in mined or potentially mined waters used to minimize the area the mine countermeasures commander has to keep clear of mines to provide safe passage for friendly shipping.
Q-ship. See decoy ship.
quadrant elevation. 1[JP 1-02] (DoD, NATO) The angle between the horizontal plane and the axis of the bore when the weapon is laid. 2[JP 1-02] (DoD) It is the algebraic sum of the elevation, angle of site, and complementary angle of site.
Quail. The ADM-20 decoy missile.
qualification test. [DSMC] Simulates defined operational environmental conditions with a predetermined safety factor, the results indicating whether a given design can perform its function within the simulated operational environment of a system.
Qualified Products List (QPL). [DSMC] A list of products which are pretested in advance of actual procurement to determine which suppliers can comply properly with specification requirements. This is usually done because of the length of time required for test and evaluation.
qualifying years creditable for retirement pay. [JP 1-02] (DoD) The time a Guardsman or Reservist must serve to be eligible for retired pay at age 60. Individuals must have at least 20 years of service in which they receive at least 50 retirement points a year, and the last eight years of service must be served in a Reserve Component.
qualitative and quantitative personnel requirement information (QQPRI). [TR 350-70] A document that provides information concerning numbers and qualifications of personnel involved in the use, maintenance, and transport of equipment or systems. Where appropriate, it also describes the personnel duties, MOS/skill levels, specialty code, and organization.
qualitative research requirements (QRR) for nuclear weapons effects. The QRR provides the basis and authority for research efforts directed toward satisfying Army requirements for nuclear weapons effects information.
quality. [DSMC] The composite of material attributes including performance features and characteristics of a production or service to satisfy a customer's given need.
quality assurance (QA). [DSMC] A planned and systematic pattern of all actions necessary to provide confidence that adequate technical requirements are established, that products and services conform to established technical requirements, and that satisfactory performance is achieved.
quality assurance evaluator (QAR). A [U.S.] Government person responsible for surveillance of contractor performance.
quality assurance surveillance plan (QASP). An organized written document used for quality assurance surveillance. The document contains specific methods to perform surveillance of the contractor.
quality audit. [DSMC] A systematic examination of the acts and decisions with respects to quality in order to independently verify or evaluate the operational requirements of the quality program or the specification or contract requirements for a product or service.
quality control (QC). [DSMC] The system or procedure used to check product quality throughout the acquisition process.
quality control indicators. [TR 350-70] Checkpoints used to ensure the quality of each step of a process or function.
quality of conformance. [DSMC] The effectiveness of the design and manufacturing functions in executing the product manufacturing requirements and process specifications while meeting tolerances, process control limits, and target yields for a given product group.
quality control data. Information which reflects the degree of success achieved by a system or operation.
quality control indicators. Checkpoints used to ensure the quality of each step of a process or function.
quality of design. [DSMC] The effectiveness of the design process in capturing the operational requirements and translating them into detailed design requirements that can be manufactured (or coded) in a consistent manner.
quality program. [DSMC] A program which is developed, planned, and managed to carry out, cost-effectively, all efforts to effect the quality of material and services from concept through validation, full-scale development, production, deployment, and disposal.
quantity. [DSMC] That property of outputs which can be determined by measurement.
quay. [JP 1-02] (DoD) A structure of solid construction along a shore or bank which provides berthing and which generally provides cargo-handling facilities. A similar facility of open construction is called a wharf. See also pier; wharf.
Quick Fix. The EH-60E Electronic Warfare helicopter.
Quick Look I. Program to modify the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk to RV-1C reconnaissance aircraft.
Quick Look II. Program to modify the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk to RV-1D reconnaissance aircraft with AN/ALQ-133 radar receivers.
quick reaction capability (QRC). A QRC is an expedited procedure for solving research, development, procurement, testing, evaluation, installations modification, and logistics problems as they pertain to electronic warfare.
Quickstrike. Family of air-dropped mines.
Quicktrain. Naval Air Transportation System
quicktrans. [JP 1-02] (DoD) Long-term contract airlift service within continental United States for the movement of cargo in support of the logistic system for the military services (primarily the Navy and Marine Corps) and Department of Defense agencies. See also logair.
quiz. A short test administered by the instructor to measure achievement on material recently taught or on any small, newly completed unit of work.
quota. The number or amount constituting a proportional share; an allotment.
quota course. [TR 350-70] A course managed, controlled and conducted by one service or agency which may be used by another service to satisfy a training requirement or need.