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# President: Over the last twenty years, the army’s funding

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President: Over the last twenty years, the army’s funding was cut four times. Each time, the high command predicted that those cuts would impair our defense capability. Nevertheless, recent military exercises proved them wrong. Therefore, even if we continue to cut the army’s budget, the army will be able to decrease its expenditure without reducing defense capability.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the argument above?
(A)
High command does not usually overestimate the consequences of budget cuts.
(B)The army currently spends significant amounts on activities that are not necessary for maintaining defense capability.
(C)Several politicians consider that further cutting of the army’s budget will have negative effects other than decreasing defense capability.
(D)Switching to an all-volunteer army will improve defense capability.
(E)Some military expenditure not connected with maintaining defense capability has not increased since the last cut of the army’s budget.

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Originally posted by guerrero25 on 09 Aug 2013, 20:59.
Last edited by guerrero25 on 10 Aug 2013, 01:21, edited 1 time in total.
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10 Aug 2013, 00:34
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Which of the following, if true, best supports the argument above?
(A)High command does not usually overestimate the consequences of budget cuts.
The fact that the high command overestimate or not the consequences does not support the argument at all.
(B)The army currently spends significant amounts on activities that are not necessary for maintaining defense capability.
IMO CORRECT. If B is true, then the army can continue with the cuts, and not hurt the defense capability (because "significant amounts on activities that are not necessary") .
(C)Several politicians consider that further cutting of the army’s budget will have negative effects other than decreasing defense capability.
The opinion of politicians is not relevant.
(D)Switching to an all-volunteer army will improve defense capability.
We are not trying to find another solution to the problem, but to evaluate the current one.
(E)Some military expenditure not connected with maintaining defense capability has not increased since the last cut of the army’s budget.
E could seem good. but: it's too general ("some expenditure") => we don't know how much expenditure, so it would be hard to say that those can be cut; this fact as it is, is not strictly connected to the argument.
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10 Aug 2013, 01:21
guerrero25 wrote:
President: Over the last twenty years, the army’s funding was cut four times. Each time, the high command predicted that those cuts would impair our defense capability. Nevertheless, recent military exercises proved them wrong. Therefore, even if we continue to cut the army’s budget, the army will be able to decrease its expenditure without reducing defense capability.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the argument above?
(A)
High command does not usually overestimate the consequences of budget cuts.
(B)The army currently spends significant amounts on activities that are not necessary for maintaining defense capability.
(C)Several politicians consider that further cutting of the army’s budget will have negative effects other than decreasing defense capability.
(D)Switching to an all-volunteer army will improve defense capability.
(E)Some military expenditure not connected with maintaining defense capability has not increased since the last cut of the army’s budget.

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IMO B
CONCLUSION:THE army will be able to decrease its expenditure without reducing defense capability.
ASSUMPTION: ARMY hasmorethan sufficient money.

B clearly says so:The army currently spends significant amounts on activities that are not necessary for maintaining defense capability.

hence this clearly strengthens.
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