What is COMMANDER IN CHIEF? Definition of COMMANDER IN CHIEF in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
By article 2, § 2, of the constitution it is declared that the president shall be commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States. The term implies supreme control of military operations during the progress of a war, not only on the side of strategy tactics, but also in reference to the political and international aspects of the war. See Fleming v. Page, 9 How. 603, 13 L.Ed. 276; Prize Cases, 2 Black, 635, 17 L.Ed. 459; Swaim v. U. S., 28 Ct. Cl. 173.
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