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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In these instances, updates to operation plans and intelligence need to be synchronised up and down the command chain on a schedule that is dictated by the availability of satellite network connection time.
The command chain, will however, be based on the experience from Peninsula Shield.
The day's agenda included several workshops on tools and equipments of the different intervention units, the command chain and the structural organisation, as well as the training needs.
At the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, where MacArthur had once been superintendent and had fostered the personal belief that he was the football team's spiritual leader, the faculty and staff could only hope someone farther up the command chain would hear and share his opinion.
Documents show that as the case made its way up the command chain, officers advised that Hunter should be reprieved on the under-age grounds, but Field Marshall Douglas Haig signed the final execution order.
The meeting also discussed the new command chain in NATO, diplomats added.
The Tories' stance of pushing out services to the private sector, or pushing power further down the command chain, seem to work well on paper, but the last act of de-centralising control - privatising the water system - has demonstrated brilliantly in the last week that it's not the solution to everything.
Once, only the top managers were given the freedom to act wrathfully; now, up and down the command chain, people think it's the way up the corporate ladder.
There has to be a command chain, although even that, I would argue, is changing some in that we are pushing decisions farther and farther and farther down the command chain because of the differences in time and speed and boundaries.
Ishiba eyes removing top SDF officers from command chain
The concept of intelligent equipments and advanced robotics, integrates the architecture of sensors and micro-sensors in value chain of signal generation and information transfer, actuators and micro-actuators architecture in mobility chain of ensemble (Suzumori, 1991), architecture of electronic and micro-electronic units in signals processing chain, controllers architecture in command chain and coordination process automated and informatized, architecture of process computers in driving process and architecture of software packages in movement chain, measurement, integrated and decisional control, commands, coordination, driving, visualization results, static status monitoring and dynamic status (Brugger, 1993).

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