Company Performance at the National Training Center: Battle Planning and Execution
Arroyo Center researchers investigated company-level command and control (C2) factors related to effective direct fire control at the Army's National Training Center (NTC). This study analyzes possible problems with company-level direct fire control, terrain and enemy analysis, and command and control planning and preparation, explores how these problems affect combat effectiveness at NTC, and discusses implications for current training methods and policies. The analysis led to four major conclusions. First, companies can perform basic planning activities adequately but not complex ones. Second, companies plan better than they execute. Third, they maneuver better than they control direct fires. Finally, overall execution, particularly direct fire control, is generally inadequate.
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2dequate adequate or better advanced courses Army based on IPB basic planning battalion Battle 2 Battle battlefield BFVs Cdr to plan combat command and control company commanders company cover company performance company team company-level company's plan conducted a terrain crosstalk direct fire control direct fire execution direct fire planning doctrine enemy fires Engagement criteria Engagement priorities execution items facilitate direct fire fields of fire Figure fire and movement fire control measures Fire patterns following fire control friendly units home station training improvement inadequate leader training mechanized infantry METT-T moderately adequate movement and positioning movement observation NTC rotation O/Cs observation and fields OPFOR Overall percent of companies performed adequately planning and preparation platoons preparation activities preparation and execution Preparation Factors preparation items protect the company Sectors of fire station leader Table tactical task force terrain analysis TF OPORD Training Center TRPs warfighting weapon