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chain of command


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system whereby authority passes down from the top through a series of executive positions or military ranks in which each is accountable to the one directly superior.


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  • Timoshenko struggled desperately to restore some order to the chain of command along his shuddering, concave front.


  • Because Delta Force missions usually involve high levels of secrecy, the traditional multitiered chain of command is often circumvented in favor of "monocaput" management – a single controller who holds authority to control the unit as he or she sees fit.

    Deception Point

  • Gradually the tenuous strands of underground communication, which can operate under the most repressive alien regimes, were woven into a chain of command and in - telligence which retained its strength right up until the tragic events of the autumn of 1944.


  • In theory, the chain of command ran downward from the Committee of the Defence of the State (GOKO), which was presided over by Stalin and included Molotov, Voroshilov, Malenkov, and Beria.


  • The effects were felt beyond Eir­rosad, reverberating throughout the chain of command all the way up to the Grand Military Council itself.

    The False Mirror

  • Many he criticised, some he altered, one — the operation to seize the bridgehead at Dirschau — he completely recast in a more audacious pattern, against the advice of every officer along the chain of command which finally led up to Colonel General Halder, Chief of Staff of the Army and, effectively, No. 2 under Brauchitsch.


  • Partly out of deference to the Field Marshal's feelings, partly from a supposed administrative convenience, the chain of command at Army Group Centre had been altered so as to make Guderian subordinate to Kluge and not (as would have been the normal arrangement) directly to Bock.


  • The military chain of command in Afghanistan passed through a spaghetti bowl of acronyms—ISAF, CENTCOM, and the many countries that made up NATO—that was so bewildering that only five people in the world could have possibly explained how it was all supposed to work together, and they would have had to do it in French because they all lived in Brussels at NATO headquarters.

    The Longest War

  • Downings mandate, he went on, could be read as infringing on the chain of command from the President and the Secretary of Defense to Combatant Commanders.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • The Czecho-slovakian army, like all the Warsaw Pact armies, had no independent chain of command and would function poorly without Soviet leadership.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World


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