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chain of command

n. pl. chains of command
A hierarchy of authority in which each rank is accountable to the one directly superior.
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chain of command

The succession of commanding officers from a superior to a subordinate through which command is exercised. Also called command channel.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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The most effective way to handle chain-of-command issues is simply to ask the senior-most military member available how to deal with the situation and to whom to report.
According to the admiral,the report shows the incident involved command-and-control challenges, chain-of-command challenges [and] some training issues that we've got to address.
In its view of this Sarbanes-Oxley provision, however, the SEC believes a lawyer should also tell the SEC of the impending corporate misdeed and report it all the way up the corporate chain-of-command, ending with the board of directors.