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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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This centralized command and control construct provides both the federal and state chains of command with a common operating picture through the eyes of the [DSC.
The DSC, however, serves in both the federal and state chains of command and commands both federal and state forces.
It is time to be more realistic in our thinking about chains of command and to loosen up a bit in our practice.
The focus of each MSC is to provide effective communications both around an incident site (horizontal) and from responders at the incident site to their respective chains of command (vertical).
The result: a JCS that for decades transformed the execution of war into an all-service spoils system, topped by fractured, competing chains of command.
It was about time: Convoluted chains of command have been strangling American military effectiveness as least as far back as Pearl Harbor.
The company, based in Santa Barbara, California, has developed a proprietary technology that enables messages to automatically roam across wired and wireless devices, tracking down people and escalating through chains of command to deliver information as needed -- text, voice, GIS data, photos and documents.
Escalating through chains of command as necessary, it allows for real-time communication to support real-time decision making.
Escalating through chains of command as necessary, it allows for of real-time communication to support real-time decision making.