Force Module Knowledge Structure
A force module (FM) is a collection of ULNs (Unit Line Numbers), which
specify the transportation requirements of a force or forces. ULNs
specify the force (or portion of a force) to be moved, where it is
currently located, where it must be sent, dates that reflect when this
transportation will take place, and other transportation-related
information such as total weight, number of passengers, etc.
The FMs and ULNs belong to a TPFDD (Time Phased Force Deployment
Data), which can be used to identify the transportation requirements
of a particular military operation. The TPFDD is part of a larger
OPLAN (Operations Plan), which includes additional information such as
guidance from the commander.
In ForMAT, each FM contains:
Each ULN has:
- an ID, a 3 letter identifier
- an OPLAN (Operations Plan), the plan to which the FM belongs
- a title, a short 1-line text description of the FM
- a description, a longer text description of the FM
- ULNs, the requirements of the FM
- parent FMs, the FMs of which this FM is a part
- child FMs, the FMs of which this FM is composed
- Features, a set of attribute/value pairs which identifies characteristics
of the FM, e.g. capability, geographical location, etc.
ForMAT stores FMs and ULNs in a casebase. The FMs are indexed by
their features, and can be retrieved via a query from the user. Some
features are automatically calculated by ForMAT rules called FARs
(Feature Augmentation Rules). Some features are placed in an
abstraction hierarchy, such as DEST-CC (destination) and FUNCTION.
- an ID, a 5 to 7 letter identifier
- an OPLAN
- features, a set of attribute/value pairs which identifies characteristics
of the ULN, e.g. capability, geographical location, etc.
- a set of TPFDD fields, which together identify the force to be
moved, along with transportation information such as weight, number
of passengers, legs in the transportation route, and the dates when
transportation is scheduled to take place.
Sample Force Module
Last Edited: July 30, 1996