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The Control Agent Architectures Group (CAAR) performs research, development, and testing of software used to manage automated and autonomous operations for terrestrial, aeronautical, and space vehicles, and system processes and activities within these craft. The core of this automation software is centered on an executive that operates the system while monitoring the system state and responding to system state changes. There are two primary approaches to execution: one is to use procedural descriptions that specify what is to be done; the other is to use declarative descriptions that bound what can be done. CAAR is developing architectures that support both approaches, as well as interactions with human users.

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