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Military Consultant: The chain of command in your unit is marred by a

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Military Consultant: The chain of command in your unit is marred by a serious flaw: your soldiers are so fearful of being disciplined for security breaches within their jurisdiction that they fail to report potential problems to their superiors. And those superiors share the same fear of being seen as lacking control of their units that they fail to fully investigate potential problems and bring them up the chain to you. Consequently, General, you’re likely presiding over several security threats that you’ll never know about.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the consultant’s logic.

A. The general is responsible for the culture that exists within his chain of command.
B. All soldiers near the bottom of the chain of command are fearful of being disciplined for security breaches.
C. The general does not have sources other than the chain of command to alert him to security concerns.
D. Some soldiers do not fear authority figures more than they fear genuine security threats.
E. There is not a feasible incentive system to reward soldiers for conscientiously pointing out security concerns.

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Re: Military Consultant: The chain of command in your unit is marred by a [#permalink]

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C is the only possible assumption: The general does not have sources other than the chain of command to alert him to security concerns.----------->the logical negation of C would result in: The general DOES have sources other than the chain of command to alert him to security concerns.------------>implying that no matter the general maintain this "MARTINET APPROACH" he will still circumvent the alleged "security threat".

you might argue that if leaves aside this "MARTINET APPROACH" then he might get better feedback BUT that is beside point !!

make sense?
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Assumptions are the gaps that exist between the premises and the conclusion. They are the points that must be true for the conclusion to be valid.

Premises:
Soldiers don't report potential security problems for fear of discipline
Superiors don't investigate or report these security problems also for fear of discipline

Conclusion:
General has security threats he will never know about

The argument essential says the general has security problems he/she will NEVER be aware of because people are afraid to talk about for fear of getting in trouble.

Which of the answer choices has to be true for that conclusion to be valid?
A - Irrelevant and out of scope
B - Unnecessary extreme detail - as long as some soldiers are fearful the problem still exists
C - Correct answer - in order for us to believe that the general will NEVER be aware of some of these security problems from his/her fearful soldiers/superiors, there needs to be no other way for the general to get information about security concerns
D - Irrelevant - the premises talk about discipline, not authority figures
E - Irrelevant - the premises talk about discipline, not incentives

C is the correct answer and really the only one that is close to fitting in the gap between premises and the conclusion.

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