Stringing a series of modifiers before a noun creates confusion. One or two adjectives are fine, but avoid long chains. This is a pervasive problem in technical industries.

When we refer to a “communication program” (one modifier), we have no problem understanding that. We can even process “satellite communication program” without much difficulty. But when you tell the reader it is the “Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal Satellite communications program,” it takes too long for the brain to realize that what we are really talking about is a program.

When the brain reads the words “Terminal,” “Satellite,” and “communications,” it reads them as nouns because that’s what they are. But then it realizes that these are actually functioning as adjectives in the sentence, describing the program. So the brain is forced to reread the sentence to process all those modifiers as adjectives. Combined with all the other descriptors, the sentence is a mouthful.

One way to avoid complicated names is to describe them in an abbreviated way the first time it is mentioned. So we might refer to “the new program that provides secure jam-resistant satellite communications.” On second reference, give the full, formal name, if necessary.

An easy answer is often to take the noun at the end of the modifier string, move it to the front, and position the adjectives afterward. So instead of writing “Global Positioning System features,” say “features of a Global Positioning System.”

Instead of writing “Drummond Ship Company’s Davenport Operations Long Service Employee Recognition event,” move “event” to the front and write “the event recognizing long-serving employees at Drummond company’s Davenport shipyard.

Don’t write “the Classified Document Control Center; say “the control center for classified documents.” It is easier to process, and it reduces the number of capitalized words.