As you might expect, the view from the ‘bottom’ of the organization is somewhat different. Though somewhat exaggerated here the perception of "too many chiefs..... not enough Indians" is clear.
Communication and control within this type structure may remain effective in the military, but in our world, the world of business, this model is quickly becoming obsolete. The need to respond rapidly to change, whether driven by technology, business environment, customer demands etc. requires a different, much more flexible model.