Tactical Air Liaison Officer (TALO) Course

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Course Goal

The purpose of this course is to train tactical personnel to plan for and coordinate aviation (manned and unmanned) assets in support of tactical ground operations.    


Course Description

The use of manned and unmanned aviation assets to support ground operations is a common occurrence and only increasing in popularity, for good reason.  The use of organic small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) by tactical teams is also increasing drastically as agencies acquire access to new technology.  This course was designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills so the tactical operator can perform duties similar to what is known in the DoD world as an “Air Liaison Officer”.  This course will provide the tools for a ground tactical operator to develop plans for integrating aviation assets in support of ground operations; develop safe air control measures in coordination with aviators and their planners; develop Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) collection plans and monitor / direct ISR assets in support of ground operations; and how to safely and effectively integrate SUAS operations in support of ground tactical operations.  Upon completion of the academic phase (Block 1); students will be required to attend Block 2, which is a three-day live scenario, where the students are required to demonstrate proficiency.  Official TALO Certifications will only be delivered to students who have completed Block 1 and 2.


BLOCK 1:         ACADEMICS - This is a 5-Day Course


Module 1:       Planning and Aviation Centric Command and Control (C2) – 2 Day Block


Fundamentals of Air Planning and Coordination

  • Air Assets Available Nationwide

  • Coordinating with Joint Agencies (DoD, FED, State and Local)

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Air Space Management Agencies

  • Air Space Complexity

  • Air Space Control Measures

  • Fundamentals of leveraging aviation assets in support of ground operations

  • Rapid Response Planning Processes (R2P2)

  • Planning products development

  • Briefing aviation centric operations in support of ground ops

  • Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)


Command Control and Communications (C3)

  • Fundamentals of C2 of Aviation Assets in support of Ground Ops

  • Coordination with other agencies

  • Conducting Joint Operations

  • Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Duties and Responsibilities

  • Synchronizing Aviation Assets with ground scheme of maneuver

  • How to establish redundant communications plans when integrating aviation assets with ground operations

  • Complexities and how to properly manage Unmanned aviation assets in conjunction with manned aviation assets in support of ground operations


MODULE 2 – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) – 3 Day Block


Intelligence Principles

  • What are the different “INTS” (intelligence disciplines) and why you should care about it more than video feed

  • Full Motion Video Basics

  • Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Basics

  • Advance Geospatial Intelligence

  • Establish deeper understanding at appropriate clearance level


ISR Planning and Operational Concepts

  • Tactical/Operational Planning

  • Rapid Response Planning Processes (R2P2)

  • Essential Elements of Information

  • Cross Cue and Communications Relationships

  • Building a Sensor Plan

  • Common Asset Primer


Command Control and Communications (C3)

  • Sensor Tasking Authority

  • ISR Contracts and Planning Processes

  • Conducting Joint Operations

  • Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Duties and Responsibilities

  • Fundamentals of controlling and tasking ISR in support of ground operations

  • Importance of clearly delineated command authorities when integrating ISR

  • Legal considerations when integrating ISR in support of ground tactical operations



BLOCK 2:         CULMINATION EXERCISE - This is a 3- Day Course (Final Certification Requirement)

  • Students will conduct live scenarios using ground tactical teams and aircraft in support of the operations.  SUAS Capabilities, if so desired, will be implemented into this block of training.

  • After Action Review


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the complexity of the air space and how to plan effectively to ensure flight safety;

  • Properly build air operations annexes and air briefing products incorporating approved air control measures

  • Conduct an Air Scheme of Maneuver Briefing

  • Apply the fundamentals of Command and Control (C2) of air/ground operations;

  • Conduct efficient and timely taskings based on time and space in support of the ground scheme of maneuver;

  • Understand and apply sound ISR planning processes and how to effectively utilize force multipliers in support of ground tactical operations;


Learning Approach

This course uses a combination of academic presentations along with lectures by subject matters in the field of ISR and C3 of aviation assets.  There will be exams at the completion of modules with a final exam to demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge gained within the course.  This course is not designed for you to physically “control” aviation assets as would relevant to the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) duties.  This course is the foundation to develop a ground link to efficiently utilize aviation assets in support of deliberate ground operations and to ensure flight safety is considered throughout planning and execution while supporting those operations.


Block 2 is a hands-on live flight ops course where aviation assets (based on assets available in the region of the training) will be in support of ground operations.  This block is instructor guided but student led.  Students will be required to plan a mission, perform C2 duties in the TOC and perform dynamic taskings on the ground with the assault teams.  Note:  If units have SUAS capabilities, it will be utilized in this block of training.



Active Law Enforcement or Military and have been a tactical operator for more than 3 years with your department/agency. If your agency’s SUAS is going to be utilized, the operator must be current with all department/agency policies and FAA Part 107 certified.  Credentials to include Part 107 certification will be verified prior to entry into the course.