The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, last year cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system.
This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that Campbell misspoke about his son's unit. The general omitted some key facts during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised.
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Campbell faces another Senate hearing Thursday morning, this one on his nomination to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He may get another chance to discuss the network of crash-prone software, sensors and databases that's supposed to allow troops to process and integrate intelligence from a variety of sources.