Combatant Commands [Military Law] Law and Legal Definition

Combatant command refers to a non transferable command authority established by section 16, title 10 of United States Code. It is the is the authority of a combatant commander to perform those functions of command over assigned forces involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction over all aspects of military operations, joint training, and logistics necessary to accomplish the missions assigned to the command. It can be exercised only by commanders of unified or specified combatant commands unless otherwise directed by the President or the Secretary of Defense.