chain of command

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chain of command

the line of command flowing down from the top of an ORGANIZATION to the bottom. In theory, the chief executive issues commands to his or her subordinates which are then relayed down to those they have AUTHORITY over. In practice, those in the chain of command often do not follow such commands, either because they do not have the resources to meet them or because they believe them to be incorrect or otherwise inappropriate. See UNITY OF COMMAND, LINE AND STAFF, HIERARCHY.
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The chain-of-command issue had long challenged the US-led coalition, he remarked.
The threats of e-mail and Internet communications invading the chain-of-command are technological advancements currently threatening the status quo.
"Quality circles" and "gain sharing"--two invogue management concepts--tend to be add-ons, not integral parts, of the traditional American chain-of-command structure.
Further, recognizing the persistent problem of sexual assault within the armed forces per a recent Department of Defense (DOD) Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report on Sexual Assault, Senator Ernst will ask the Pentagon to conduct a feasibility assessment on alternate prosecution models that would take prosecutions outside the traditional chain-of-command structure.
Lich asked the divisions chain-of-command to continue promoting its good tradition, focusing on building a comprehensively strong unit; and urged the units Party Committee to maintain military discipline and build a good relationship between leaders and troops as well as units leadership and local authorities.