In this section, we illustrate how the evidential reasoning capabilities of Gister-CL can be used to select particular military forces to carry out specific missions in support of larger military objectives. Constructing plans that use the most appropriate military units to carry out prescribed missions is important to the overall success of the mission. The choice of the most appropriate unit will typically depend on several factors that range from the availability, readiness, firepower, and so forth to the type of enemy forces expected to be encountered. The choice is difficult because there is generally uncertain information about the relevant factors.
We begin by describing how selecting an appropriate Army unit to carry out a specified mission is currently accomplished in the Army. Then we describe the use of Gister-CL for automating this process during generation of military operations plans.