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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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BEIRUT: A telecommunications expert told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that he was able to derive the command structure of the conspiracy to assassinate statesman Rafik Hariri, explaining to the court how its leaders tried to disassociate themselves from the crime.
His reforms include establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejigging existing military regions, as well as cutting troop numbers by 300,000, a surprise announcement he made in September.
He will be able to further strengthen his control through the new command structures.
The Prime Minister directed that the new force should be raised immediately with a new command structure and should be professionally sound, competent and adequately paid.
The command structure has declined to answer questions on what kind of data was collected, what inspectors might be looking for and whether anomalies have been detected.
Clearly, a needed step is to change the military so that victims have a resource outside the command structure to report to, and from which to get effective prosecution.
The Turkish and Qatari officials made it clear that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, which opposition fighters are desperately in need of, will not be made available until the formation of a united command structure among various factions.
Mansouri was one of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's representatives in the Revolutionary Guard command structure.
It is classed as a terrorist organisation in Britain and the US and has a command structure similar to the Provisional IRA, with a seven-member Army Council made up of a chief of staff, quartermaster general, directors of training, operations, finance and publicity, and an adjutant general.
With South Korea scheduled to retrieve wartime operational control of its troops from the United States in 2015, Thurman said he will give priority to the ''continued transformation and evolution'' of the Combined Forces Command structure.
He dismissed government intention to deal with this issue and that all what it intends to do is to fill in vacancies in security posts in order to establish a new unified command structure.
Responding to a question about a possible change of the command structure of the ongoing military operation in Libya to enforce the no-fly zone, Ashton said she would prefer it was taken over by NATO.

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