Accession Number : ADA116349

Title :   The Computer Assisted Air Tasking Order Preparation System,


Personal Author(s) : Sowa,Joseph P

PDF Url : ADA116349

Report Date : 29 Jul 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : Theater commanders world wide have not been able to influence the air battle in a timely manner. The main culprit causing this state of affairs has been the manual procedures used to translate the commander's force apportionment and allocation decision into a usable frag order. We cannot and must not allow this situation to continue. Currently, commanders make force apportionment and allocation decisions more than 30 hours prior to the time period they are effective. This is necessary due to the slowness of the present manual ATO preparation and dissemination process. Twenty hours are required to prepare the most complex ATO. An additional 10 hours is required for communications and aircraft preparation lead time. Present programs to improve this situation address improvements in communications but do not attack the primary problem: manual production of the ATO. This paper proposes expansion of current programs to extend computer assistance benefits to preparation of ATO. The current 20 hour ATO generation time can be reduced to approximately 6 hours or less. Two benefits are derived: (1) Significant decrease in the commander's decision lead time for apportionment and allocation. (2) Opportunity to inject near real time intelligence and fleeting target exploitation into air battle strategy and objectives as expressed in the ATO.

Descriptors :   *Tactical data systems, *Computer applications, *Computer programs, *Military strategy, *Order of battle, *Aerial warfare, Military commanders, Decision making, Management, Military forces(United States), Employment, Theater level operations, Strike warfare, Combat readiness, Lead time, Intelligence, Real time, Operational effectiveness, Data bases

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE