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 In an apparent response to Austin’s remark, Lavrov said Russia has a feeling that the West wants to prolong Ukraine’s fight and in the process wear out Russia’s army and its military-industrial complex. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Certainly, in Southern California, where aerospace and defense have long been embedded in the economic, political and cultural landscape, there is a great deal of overlap between the military-industrial complex and — well, everything else. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Now there are anecdotal reports — eagerly amplified by the White House — of the Russian military-industrial complex running short of parts. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The Russian Defense Ministry announced Sunday plans to strike Ukraine’s military-industrial complex, prompting criticism of Western leaders by Zelenskyy for not responding. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 2022 Over the past few years, pressure from the military-industrial complex has pushed the A-10 into retirement, in favor of the F-35 Lightning II, a much more expensive and complex aircraft. WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 How many humans are caught up as collateral damage in the military-industrial complex's march toward its goals? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 One of our main grievances was how the university had been captured by the military-industrial complex, whose increasingly detrimental power President Dwight Eisenhower warned about in his 1961 farewell address. Wendell Wallach, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 For some years now, a strange combination of Hollywood and the military-industrial complex has been telling us that cyberattacks present an existential threat to humanity, but the reality has been different. Ciaran Martin, Wired, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of military-industrial complex

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Military-industrial complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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