high command


Definition of high command

1 : the supreme headquarters of a military force
2 : the highest leaders in an organization

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After French President Emmanuel Macron called for a space high command to protect his nation's satellites earlier this month, military officials on Thursday released their plans in more detail. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "To protect its satellites, France outlines ambitious space-weapons program," 25 July 2019 The answer turns on which Northerners one examines — common soldiers, female teachers and nurses, free black activists, Ohio Valley politicians, officers in high command — and how one evaluates inherently slippery evidence about motivation. Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019 At least as far back as 2010, the Navy’s high command had been put on notice about its troubled state of readiness. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 In the front-line posts, factories and power-plants of Stalingrad itself, with interludes in Moscow, Kazan and even in the German high command, Grossman knits a dozen plot strands into a single narrative. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 However, less known – but perhaps equally important – was Operation Bodyguard, the codename for the World War II deception plan that was intended to mislead the German high command as to when and where the invasion would take place. Fox News, "D-Day deception: How phantom armies and fake information helped win the Battle of Normandy," 6 June 2019 As to be expected, the high command did not react favorably to these home truths. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Unlike other tanks, Tigers were primarily assigned to independent heavy tank battalions of 45 tanks each that the high command parceled to help out in particularly tough battles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Was the Famous German Tiger Tank Really That Great?," 20 Dec. 2018 In what Lourie describes as a rookie mistake, Washington — a stickler for administrative detail — insisted on sending Smallwood and several other members of his high command to Manhattan to take part in a court-martial on the morning of Aug. 27. Washington Post, "Letters illuminate lives of Maryland’s ‘Old Line’ soldiers," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of high command

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of high command

: the most powerful and important leaders of an organization or military force

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