Critical element means an individual work assignment or responsibility of such importance that failure on that element results in overall performance being considered unacceptable.
A work objective that contributes to accomplishing organizational goals and objectives and is of such importance that unacceptable performance would result in unacceptable performance in the position.
1. An element of an entity or object that enables it to perform its primary function. 2. An element of a target, which if effectively engaged, will serve to support the achievement of an operational objective and/or mission task. Also called CE.
Critical Element has been defined 3 different ways in documents like Glossary of Terms, GLOSSARY of ADS TERMS, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.