from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A temporary grouping of military units or forces under one commander for the performance of a specific operation or assignment.
  • n. A temporary grouping of individuals and resources for the accomplishment of a specific objective: a presidential task force to fight drug trafficking.

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  • n. A group of people working towards a particular task, project, or activity, especially assigned in a particular capacity.

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  • n. a temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective
  • n. a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task


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  • My appreciation to Bob Galhotra, Susan Smith, Mike Mayfield and Crystal Marchigiani, who took over the task force after I began researching this book.

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  • With the fate of the car companies still uncertain at the outset of the Obama administration in 2009, Mr. Obama set up an auto task force headed by "car czar" Steve Rattner.

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  • Stuart Nudelman left the task force to become Judge Nudelman, and now had a beautiful corner office on the twentieth floor of the Daley Center with a stunning view of downtown Chicago.

    Defending the Damned

  • Without informing either his Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense, the president made clear that if the Soviet Union threatened China, we would not stand idly by, and he ordered a carrier task force to proceed into the Bay of Bengal.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • "We have a task force looking at ways to rebuild the flood control system when this year's flooding recedes," said Bob Anderson, a spokesman for Maj.

    After the Flood, Farmers Try to Dig In

  • Three of the next four days except for September 1, when the task force replenished its fuel and supplies, he flew armed reconnaissance over Wonsan, Pu-Chong, and again up to Songjin.

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  • It included a sweep by cruisers and destroyers into the Aegean, and an attack and landing on Castellorizo by light forces, an air attack by air - craft of the carrier Ark Royal on the Cagliari air - fields to discourage the Italians and a task force sailing from Gibraltar consisting of the Argus, the Hood, the battleships

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  • Richard Kling, recruited after the task force was formed, may have been the most liberal and public spirited of them all, given his background.

    Defending the Damned

  • One of the few women to work on the task force during those early years was Andrea Lyon, who eventually was promoted to unit supervisor.

    Defending the Damned

  • FDR acted on the advice of a special intelligence task force that included Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton, Jr., a future Army commander in World War II in Europe.



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