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chain of command

Fig. the series or sequence of holders of responsibility in a hierarchy. The only way to get things done in the military is to follow the chain of command. Never try to go straight to the top.
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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.
The G-20 MOA also memorializes other necessary considerations regarding the separate state and federal chains of command.
40) This is a critical example of why the DSC cannot "wear" two hats at a time and is likely the most important operational and legally intensive aspect of the mutually exclusive chains of command.
41) Where conflict exists, the DSC should notify both chains of command at the earliest opportunity, and both chains of command and the DSC must be involved in resolving such conflicts.
In order to ensure the federal and state chains of command and their respective operations remain separate, past DSCs have utilized two deputy commanders: one NG officer in state status and the other a title 10, federal military officer.
This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) outlines the separate chains of command and responsibilities of the dual-status commander for the Pittsburgh Summit of G-20 Leaders (hereinafter "the Summit"), which will be held September 24-25, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of convening world leaders who represent 85 percent of the world's economy.
As such, the dual-status commander is an intermediate link in two distinct, separate chains of command flowing from different sovereigns.
The dual-status commander will have enhanced situational awareness through this dual status, and both Federal and State chains of command will have a common operating picture.
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.
The company, based in Santa Barbara, 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.