It is currently 18 Nov 2017, 14:50

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 21 Sep 2012
Posts: 234

Kudos [?]: 413 [0], given: 63

The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Dec 2012, 08:20
17
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  85% (hard)

Question Stats:

50% (02:01) correct 50% (02:10) wrong based on 496 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple psychological truth, that fear of retaliation makes a would-be aggressor nation hesitate before attacking and is often sufficient to deter it altogether from attacking. Clearly, then to maintain military deterrence, a nation would have to believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend itself against such retaliation.

If the statements above are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A would-be aggressor nation can be deterred from attacking only if it has certain knowledge that it would be destroyed in retaliation by the country it attacks.

(B) A nation will not attack another nation if it believes that its own retaliatory power surpasses that of the other nation.

(C) One nation’s failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from the other nation.

(D) It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack.

(E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.

OA soon.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by nelz007 on 03 Dec 2012, 19:55, edited 2 times in total.

Kudos [?]: 413 [0], given: 63

Expert Post
2 KUDOS received
SVP
SVP
User avatar
B
Joined: 06 Nov 2014
Posts: 1905

Kudos [?]: 539 [2], given: 23

Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 May 2016, 04:22
2
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
A good question.

1. As per the theory - fear of retaliation makes a would-be aggressor nation hesitate before attacking
2. Hence the nation that has to defense has to show the aggressor that its military power is greater than that of the aggressor

(A) A would-be aggressor nation can be deterred from attacking only if it has certain knowledge that it would be destroyed in retaliation by the country it attacks.
Only is a strong word here. There can be other reasons too for not attacking.
INCORRECT

(B) A nation will not attack another nation if it believes that its own retaliatory power surpasses that of the other nation.
This is opposite of what is being talked about here
INCORRECT

(C) One nation’s failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from the other nation.
Again, there might be other reasons that he nation did not attack. Establishing a a fact is pin pointing to a reason. This is too strong a usage.
INCORRECT

(D) It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack.
CORRECT. This is what the argument is all about and resonates with our part 2.

(E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.
Requires again is a strong word. The nation can just tell plain lies to showcase its military power. It just needs to how the aggressors that it has more military power.
INCORRECT

In a CR questions, try to avoid strong words in the answer choices.
_________________

Janielle Williams

Customer Support

Special Offer: $80-100/hr. Online Private Tutoring
GMAT On Demand Course $299
Free Online Trial Hour

Kudos [?]: 539 [2], given: 23

1 KUDOS received
AGSM Thread Master
User avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2012
Posts: 169

Kudos [?]: 269 [1], given: 31

Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, International Business
GMAT 1: 630 Q49 V28
GPA: 3.3
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Dec 2012, 09:53
1
This post received
KUDOS
(A) A would-be aggressor nation can be deterred from attacking only if it has certain knowledge that it would be destroyed in retaliation by the country it attacks: Incorrect. It might be true but not a necessary condition.

(B) A nation will not attack another nation if it believes that its own retaliatory power surpasses that of the other nation: Incorrect. Opposite

(C) One nation’s failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from the other nation: Incorrect. It might be true but not necessarily true.

(D) It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack: Correct.

(E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation: Incorrect. Out of scope.

Kudos [?]: 269 [1], given: 31

VP
VP
avatar
Status: Final Lap Up!!!
Affiliations: NYK Line
Joined: 21 Sep 2012
Posts: 1078

Kudos [?]: 661 [0], given: 70

Location: India
GMAT 1: 410 Q35 V11
GMAT 2: 530 Q44 V20
GMAT 3: 630 Q45 V31
GPA: 3.84
WE: Engineering (Transportation)
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Dec 2012, 10:56
nelz007 wrote:
The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple psychological truth, that fear of retaliation makes a would-be aggressor nation hesitate before attacking and is often sufficient to deter it altogether from attacking. Clearly, then to maintain military deterrence, a nation would have to believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend itself against such retaliation.

If the statements above are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A would-be aggressor nation can be deterred from attacking only if it has certain knowledge that it would be destroyed in retaliation by the country it attacks.

(B) A nation will not attack another nation if it believes that its own retaliatory power surpasses that of the other nation.

(C) One nation’s failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from the other nation.

(D) It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack.

(E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.

OA soon.


I think option D is out as the question type is inference, hence we need to stick to the boundaries of the question, option D mentions " has unsurpassed military power" thats no where discussed in the argument and is completely out of scope.

IMO its E

Kudos [?]: 661 [0], given: 70

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 20 Aug 2012
Posts: 68

Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 5

Schools: Jones '15
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Dec 2012, 15:54
The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple psychological truth, that fear of retaliation makes a would-be aggressor nation hesitate before attacking and is often sufficient to deter it altogether from attacking. Clearly, then to maintain military deterrence, a nation would have to believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend itself against such retaliation.

If the statements above are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A would-be aggressor nation can be deterred from attacking only if it has certain knowledge that it would be destroyed in retaliation by the country it attacks.

(B) A nation will not attack another nation if it believes that its own retaliatory power surpasses that of the other nation.

(C) One nation’s failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from the other nation.

(D) It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack.

(E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.

IMO, answer is E.

Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 5

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 21 Sep 2012
Posts: 234

Kudos [?]: 413 [0], given: 63

Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Dec 2012, 20:03
OA updated the answer is D. E has 2 issues

E) Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.

We aren't given any info about the degree of deference. Also, we have been given any other nation in this answer choice - the stimulus says "aggressor or potential aggressor."

Kudos [?]: 413 [0], given: 63

Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 06 Sep 2013
Posts: 1972

Kudos [?]: 740 [0], given: 355

Concentration: Finance
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 May 2014, 17:20
OE for this one please? Is this from GMAT Hacks? Avohden could you please confirm?

Thanks!
Cheers
J :)

Kudos [?]: 740 [0], given: 355

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Apr 2012
Posts: 445

Kudos [?]: 79 [0], given: 58

Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Jun 2014, 09:55
Guys, some help here would be nice.
I can't get why D is the right answer and not E.
anyone?

Kudos [?]: 79 [0], given: 58

Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 05 Sep 2010
Posts: 831

Kudos [?]: 289 [0], given: 61

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Jun 2014, 10:16
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
Quote:
Guys, some help here would be nice.
I can't get why D is the right answer and not E.
anyone?


the argument is talking about the "psychological truth" . notice the following wording "a nation would have to believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend itself against such retaliation."------------->no where in the text it is mentioned that the nation need to have such power in reality .it might be a "false impression" that this nations might have to create to have this deterrence !!!

why D ?
because this is what D is stressing at

why not E ?
E says: Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation----------->it is not necessary that the nation "maintains" such a force in reality !! the nation has to give that impression that it has such a power !! in fact this is very true in today's real situation

does it make sense ?

Kudos [?]: 289 [0], given: 61

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Apr 2012
Posts: 445

Kudos [?]: 79 [0], given: 58

Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Jun 2014, 10:22
aditya8062 wrote:
Quote:
Guys, some help here would be nice.
I can't get why D is the right answer and not E.
anyone?


the argument is talking about the "psychological truth" . notice the following wording "a nation would have to believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend itself against such retaliation."------------->no where in the text it is mentioned that the nation need to have such power in reality .it might be a "false impression" that this nations might have to create to have this deterrence !!!

why D ?
because this is what D is stressing at

why not E ?
E says: Maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation----------->it is not necessary that the nation "maintains" such a force in reality !! the nation has to give that impression that it has such a power !! in fact this is very true in today's real situation

does it make sense ?

Got it.
Thanks

Kudos [?]: 79 [0], given: 58

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 09 Apr 2013
Posts: 148

Kudos [?]: 122 [0], given: 24

Location: India
WE: Supply Chain Management (Consulting)
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Jun 2014, 13:00
Got this one right but appears to be a tough one for me. Took 3:15 minutes to end up. :roll:
_________________

+1 KUDOS is the best way to say thanks :-)

"Pay attention to every detail"

Kudos [?]: 122 [0], given: 24

Expert Post
MBA Section Director
User avatar
D
Joined: 19 Mar 2012
Posts: 4678

Kudos [?]: 17609 [0], given: 1986

Location: India
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.8
WE: Marketing (Non-Profit and Government)
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 May 2015, 18:24

Kudos [?]: 17609 [0], given: 1986

Non-Human User
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10146

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Premium Member
Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 May 2016, 01:37
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 0

Re: The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple   [#permalink] 05 May 2016, 01:37
Display posts from previous: Sort by

The theory of military deterrence was based on a simple

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.