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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Additionally, battle damage assessments allowed the targeting working group to re-attack those HPTs missed in the previous cycle within the next 24-hour air tasking order.
But behind the scenes [we were] getting it integrated into the war ighters' mentality, understanding the air tasking orders.
Trust that the data collected is not corrupted by the foe; trust that our air tasking order is not a counterfeit placed by the foe.
Following the principles of DIRMOBFOR-Air, theaterwide surface movement should benefit from integration and coordination via the Surface Tasking Order (STO) concept--the same way air assets are managed under the Air Tasking Order (ATO) concept.
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 deliberative strike scenario included intelligence preparation of the battle space and normal strike planning operations from the Air Tasking Order consumption through strike planning and weaponeering.
The air tasking order assigns to individual units their targets, weapons, and arrival times over those targets.