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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For instance the daily air tasking order had to be flown out to the fleet since compatible communications did not exist.
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. This ensured the division executed its deep fight and shaped the enemy--in terms of force ratios--to allow the BCTs the best opportunity to fight and win their close fights.
In total, the OUP CFAC planned and executed 218 air tasking orders (ATOs), (4) flew over 26,500 sorties including 9,700 ground attack sorties, (5) destroyed over 5,900 military targets, and deconflicted over 6,700 humanitarian aid flights and ground movements.
But behind the scenes [we were] getting it integrated into the war ighters' mentality, understanding the air tasking orders. ...
For example, the input for an Air Tasking Order is needed by 1200, but the targeting working group is scheduled to meet at 1300 so input will not be provided on time.
His primary responsibilities were to lead and train a team of 90 AMD personnel responsible for intratheater movement of passengers and cargo throughout the USCENTCOM AOR; to prepare and publish the command's 5-day cargo and passenger preview and daily air tasking order for 50 C-130, C-17, and IL-76 aircraft; and to interface with Joint and combined components to ensure effective and efficient logistics throughout the AOR.
They "met every air tasking order with 100 percent flying schedule effectiveness and launched more than 1,300 sorties," said the lieutenant, a three-year Air Force veteran.
Do you remember the Air Tasking Order Special Instructions?
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.
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 5.9 seconds.