Software Assessment of the Global Force Management (GFM) Search Capability Study

Report No. ARL-TN-0811
Authors: Timothy Hanratty; Mark Mittrick; Alex Vertlieb; Frederick Brundick
Date/Pages: February 2017; 90 pages
Abstract: The Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFM DI) project has led to the development of a method for codifying force structure within all of the military services and joint organizations. The implementation of universal GFM DI methods provides an unprecedented opportunity for a greater understanding of our forces and their composition. As a part of the intelligence process, answering Friendly Force Information Requirements enable commanders to choose the best units to fulfill mission tasks. The objective of this project is to build and implement a method for capability-based searches within the GFM DI construct that locates the best force structures for performing specified mission tasks. Using statistical similarity algorithms, the initial search application will incorporate mission task requirements to generate 2 listings. The first will consist of optimal single-unit solutions for specified tasks. The second will include optimal combinations of lower echelon units that when acting as part of a combined taskforce can accomplish these tasks.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2017