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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 13
12-11-2012, 01:30 PM
It's levels of delegation.

Although Picard is, for all intents and purposes, an EXTREMELY good combat commander, he has delegated most of this task to Riker. Remember the episode with the old couple on the planet as the only "survivors" (no more details lest I spoil it - yes, it was a 20 year old episode, but spoiling proves little for this).

In that episode, in at least one battle, Picard gave very overall orders, and Riker gave the details. Picard just watched, apparently content in Riker's handling of the Enterprise and his orders to the helm and tactical control. If I recall correctly, Picard at one point said something like, "We have been more than patient, Number One," and Riker basically started commanding the ship in an attack run while Picard simply watched.