air tasking order


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air tasking order

A method used to task and disseminate to components, subordinate units, and command and control agencies projected sorties, capabilities and/or forces to targets and specific missions. Normally provides specific instructions to include call signs, targets, controlling agencies, etc., as well as general instructions. Also called ATO.
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With TBMCS, Air Tasking Order cycle time went down from 72 hours plus to a repeatable 24 hour cycle.
The S3 and battle captain would ensure I knew a C-130 was arriving the night before based on the air tasking order (ATO).
After a normal launch and "goggle up," the section of Hornets checked in with the airborne forward air controller (FAC(A)) as they continued their climb to the air tasking order assigned altitude of 13,000 feet.
After we got the Milstar VI, a medium data-read communications system, up in orbit, the transmission of the air tasking order to the field went from about an hour down to about 5.
When the exercise commenced, members of the squadron's Combat Plans Division went to work developing the air tasking order, a critical document used to ensure participants are up to speed on every facet of the war.
We've improved the ability to pass targeting data into the machine that builds the air tasking order," Carlson told reporters.
43) The JFACC exercises his operational and tactical command and control through a JAOC which transmits his strategy, operational constraints and tactical procedures by the Air Tasking Order (ATO), Airspace Control Order (ACO) and SPINS.
The air tasking order assigns to individual units their targets, weapons, and arrival times over those targets.
Today, ESC has automated total mission planning, from air tasking order to debrief.
Despite their brief mention in the air tasking order (ATO), both ISR and mobility pilots refer to other documents for details--the details necessary for integration.
19 December marked the first day since 17 January 1991 that we did not produce or fly an Air Tasking Order in Iraq.
that they can use as part of the air tasking order for suppression of enemy