on-scene commander


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on-scene commander

1. The person designated to coordinate the rescue efforts at the rescue site.
2. Federal officer designated to direct federal crisis and consequence management efforts at the scene of a terrorist or weapons of mass destruction incident. Also called OSC.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Emergency plans need to include built-in indicators or "tripwires" and preplanned responses for on-scene commanders to use when satisfied that predetermined criteria have been met.
The on-scene commander seeks to force the enemy into a situation in which if they assault forward, they will be killed by direct fire; if they stay in their position, they will be killed by fire from the air; or if they retreat, they will be killed by both.
When Is an On-Scene Commander Required to Conduct a Proportionality Balancing Test?
Marine Harrier attack planes launch from aboard the Kearsarge, and the Mount Whitney had served as a floating command post for the American admiral who was the on-scene commander until NATO took control Thursday.
And, plans were made for a CortAgra official to provide assistance to the on-scene commander during a blaze.
William Guest, the equivalent to an on-scene commander during the recovery.
A harsh critique of the standoff by an anonymous Navy veteran that is circulating widely claims that Team Obama attempted to micromanage the situation, overruling the on-scene commander and imposing ridiculous rules of engagement that repeatedly prevented the Navy SEAL shooters from taking out the pirates.
"The on-scene commander took it as the captain was in imminent danger and then made that decision and he had the authorities to make that decision and he had seconds to make that decision," he said.
SUW MP will integrate with LCS to provide a flexible capability to rapidly detect, track and prosecute small-boat threats, giving the on-scene commander the capability to protect local assets and move a force quickly through a strategic waterway.
Obtained by E&P on Thursday, and its source confirmed by the news organization, the document reveals that during the invasion, "Information on on-going engagements will not be released unless authorized for release by on-scene commander." In addition, "Date, time, or location of previous conventional military missions and actions, as well as mission results are releasable only if described in general terms."
On-scene commander; from street agent to deputy director of the FBI.
ON-SCENE COMMANDER: FROM STREET AGENT TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE FBI describes the author's personal experiences of his career, which culminated in his service as the Bureau's top official under director Louis Freeb.