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rules of engagement

Directives issued by a competent military authority, which delineate the circumstances and limitations under which one's own forces will initiate and continue combat engagements with other forces encountered.
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Ruiz argued that Metcalfe's Law -- which says the overall value of a network increases exponentially as devices are added to it -- is the new rule of engagement that will set the standard for excellence in the industry in coming years.