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operational control

Definition/Scope: Transferable command authority that may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant command. Operational control is inherent in Combatant Command (command authority) and is the authority to perform those functions of command over subordinate forces involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction necessary to accomplish the mission.



Acronym:

OPCON

Broader Terms:

authority
command

Related Terms:

administrative control
assign
attach
Command and Control
operational command
SIGINT operational control
tactical control
technical control


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