Kate Stewart is the Chief Scientific Officer, leading UNIT, originally founded as a military organisation. Science leads, but sometimes to a point where military options are the only ones ultimately available. When the time comes to give those orders, they are given in short, precise coded phrases that are designed to save, but at a sacrifice.
Please note - this is a fic set with Kate very firmly within the ‘military’ space within UNIT. Whilst there is no explicit descriptions of violence, military assaults are not cuddles and rainbows, and the consequences invariably deadly.