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This research brief describes work documented in Company Performance at the National Training Center: Battle Planning and Execution (MR-846-A).

Excerpt: One of the most crucial elements influencing the outcome of battles for tank and mechanized maneuver companies is how well they execute direct fires. Successful direct fire engagements result from more than the skill of the individual crews. The company commander plays a vital role as well, synchronizing the operation of a company team (a task-organized formation with diverse elements from different units). He has to visualize the battlefield and locate his unit so that it is in a position to detect and decisively engage the enemy while ensuring that his unit avoids detection. The Army leadership has voiced concern about how well companies and company commanders are performing these critical tasks and asked RAND's Arroyo Center to study the issue.

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