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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At level one, fused sensor data from fifth-generation aircraft and ships will enable pilots and commanders to make tactical decisions for their battle team without having to wait for orders based on data that has been passed up the command chain for processing and analysis.
There's also intuitive reporting software that allows site inspectors and engineers to generate instant reports on a variety of mobile and desktop platforms without an extended command chain.
The Verix Management Dashboard empowers decision makers in Pharma, all the way from VPs to Managers, with insights on their business performance - from sales to brand and Managed Markets - at all levels of the command chain, in all territories no matter the complexity of the data.
Some of the defendants have said they were only carrying out orders as per the nature of the military command chain. The former generals, however, say it was the government that wanted the MGK decisions, which were mostly aimed at curbing religious movements, to be issued.
"Following the mission, an incident of potential misconduct was raised through the ADF's internal command chain," the statement said.
The permanent Chairman COSC would also be the key functionary in the nuclear command chain. In the decade following the nuclear test of 1998, India has steadily built up its nuclear arsenal.
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.
This MBA programme features the crucial components for successful commercialisation such as a simple command chain. (4) Considering Nigeria's extended history of military rule and dictatorship, a flat hierarchy and simple chain of command in any organisation is a rare occurrence.
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.

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