tactical warning


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tactical warning

1. A warning after initiation of a threatening or hostile act based on an evaluation of information from all available sources.
2. In satellite and missile surveillance, a notification to operational command centers that a specific threat event is occurring. The component elements that describe threat events are as follows: a. country of origin--Country or countries initiating hostilities; b. event type and size--Identification of the type of event and determination of the size or number of weapons; c. country under attack--Determined by observing trajectory of an object and predicting its impact point; and d. event time--Time the hostile event occurred. Also called integrated tactical warning. See also attack assessment; strategic warning.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Noun1.tactical warning - (military) a warning after the initiation of a hostile act
warning - a message informing of danger; "a warning that still more bombs could explode"
warning of attack - a warning to national policy makers that an enemy intends to launch an attack in the near future
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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The airborne laser is the only missile-defense system currently under development that can intercept ballistic missiles in their most vulnerable stage from hundreds of kilometers away without timely tactical warning and favorable geographic conditions.
Captain Lin bases a significant portion of his counterarguments on the assumption that Taiwan will receive strategic and tactical warning. I agree that Taiwan should be able to discern strategic warning.
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To accomplish the aerospace warning mission, the commander of NORAD provides an integrated tactical warning and attack assessment to the governments of Canada and the United States.
To run the maritime surveillance data through the NORAD integrated tactical warning and attack assessment system would be largely cost neutral.

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