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“Hold on a second, let me answer,” the general shot back.

“You have a very powerful personality,” Mr. Hunter said. “But that doesn’t refute the facts you have gaps in the capability.”

“We have more capability today in our intelligence than we’ve ever had,” the general said. “I can go to 30 places that tell me [the Distributed Common Ground System] is working tremendously. Is it perfect? No.”

“If you don’t let me say anything, we can’t have a conversion,” Mr. Hunter said.

With that, Mr. Hunter, who has received new information on the common ground system’s failures, left the room.