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Defense Department analysts worry that the ability of the United States to wage a prolonged war would be seriously endangered if the machine-tool manufacturing base shrinks further. Before the Defense Department publicly connected this security issue with the import quota issue, however, the machine-tool industry raised the national security issue in its petition for import quotas.
Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the machine-tool industry’s raising the issue above regarding national security?
(A) When the aircraft industries retooled, they provided a large amount of work for tool builders.
(B) The Defense Department is only marginally concerned with the effects of foreign competition on the machine-tool industry.
(C) The machine-tool industry encountered difficulty in obtaining governmental protection against imports on grounds other than defense.
(D) A few weapons important for defense consist of parts that do not require extensive machining.
(E) Several federal government programs have been designed which will enable domestic machine-tool manufacturing firms to compete successfully with foreign toolmakers

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New post 03 Aug 2009, 17:14
My answer is B.

A - Its talking about whole industry to reestablished, thus not correct.
B - Correct - Defense dept is mainly concerned about the availability of tools.
C - Above argument doesn't talk about govt protection.
D - this is not related to security
E - if this is true then m/c tool industry will never raise issue.

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To add my answer for B.

Since defense is mainly concerned with availability of tools, they raised alarm for shrinking base of m/c tool industry.
But m/c tool industry related import of tools with nation security to prevent import and increase m/c tool industry scope.

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this is confusing, but I chose C, question is asking a reason as to why the machine tool industry would be raising the issue regarding national security...because they are having trouble maintaining market share, thus they are finding execuses for government protection...(import quotas), valid reasoning imo.

A. not talked about...not really related

B. that would be the reason as to why the government didn't respond before the machine tool companies, not why machine tool companies acted before the government

D. not really connected

E. reason to why the machine tool industry would NOT have petitioned

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(B) The Defense Department is only marginally concerned with the effects of foreign competition on the machine-tool industry.-- This might be true but the question is about why m/c tool industry raised the concern even before it is raised by Defense. This would be correct if the question was to do something with the defense department.
(C) The machine-tool industry encountered difficulty in obtaining governmental protection against imports on grounds other than defense. - They might be looking for some support on the import parts required for the machinery from the government and they would have thought this as a opportunity to highlight this and win the same.

IMO C.

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IMO C

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IMO C coz we need the third premise here in order to complete the argument and that is answer option C..

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I picked C
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Will go with C. OA please.
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The question that is asked is: Why did the industry raise a concern on import quota and only Option C provides a reasonable explanation to that

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