military-industrial complex


Definition of military-industrial complex

: an informal alliance of the military and related government departments with defense industries that is held to influence government policy

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Recent Examples on the Web Within fifteen years, even the former supreme commander of the Allied forces was warning against the military-industrial complex. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 The event is essentially fueled by defense contractors and mainstays of the military-industrial complex that pay big money for a table or a balcony box. Washington Post, "Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world’s hush-hush bash," 29 Nov. 2019 To keep a close eye on the military-industrial complex, subscribe to the daily contract announcements issued by the Pentagon. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "How to stay informed on the future of war," 9 Oct. 2019 Defeat in Vietnam rattled the military-industrial complex that once had funded the space race. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019 But there was indeed an ardent antiwar right that opposed the surveillance state, the U.S.-Israel alliance, and the U.S. military-industrial complex. Emily Tamkin, The New Republic, "The Moral Dilemma of a Left-Right Antiwar Alliance," 11 Oct. 2019 Phebe Novakovic is one of the most influential yet least visible leaders of America’s military-industrial complex. Washington Post, "General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic recounts her national security journey, takes a jab at Silicon Valley," 28 June 2019 Maybe this is stark commentary on collateral international damage caused by the American military-industrial complex and a way to ground the story of a woman hell-bent on revenge against the West? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," 30 May 2019 The kind of ideology that seemed to rage against football’s military-industrial complex, but an outward personality that pleased all the gatekeepers. Conor Orr,, "Andrew Luck Stuns the Football World, Walks Away at Age 29," 24 Aug. 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Military-industrial complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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