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 Tech companies are getting rich by tracking Americans’ movements and then selling the data to various arms of the U.S. military-industrial complex. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Banal Smartphone Apps Are the New Surveillance State," 17 Nov. 2020 The military-industrial complex is not insurmountable, but real, so the contest cannot be won simply on the strength of ideas. Washington Post, "When America decided to rule the world," 2 Nov. 2020 Satia, whose earlier books described British surveillance of the interwar Middle East and the eighteenth-century origins of a British military-industrial complex, is well attuned to the echoes of historical scripts. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, "Misremembering the British Empire," 26 Oct. 2020 Monday comment about the Pentagon wanting to fight wars to keep defense contractors happy, was aimed at the military-industrial complex, not Pentagon leaders. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "$13B contract awarded to Northrop Grumman reignites triad debate," 9 Sep. 2020 In Ennis’ nihilistic take on the military-industrial complex, superheroes are simple-minded brutes with destructive impulses and appetites, and whose images are waved for corporate propaganda while their collateral damage is swept under the rug. Trevor Fraser, Star Tribune, "5 great TV shows based on offbeat graphic novels," 24 Aug. 2020 Don’t expect his team to be taking on the military-industrial complex or taking up calls to slash funding for the Pentagon. Michelle Cottle, Star Tribune, "In depth: The battle for Joe Biden," 28 July 2020 As today’s activists move to reallocate city police budgets for social welfare ends, these efforts to abolish the military-industrial complex prove instructive. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Long Movement to Defund the Military," 18 June 2020 Despite financial problems nearly everywhere else, one enormous sector of the economy continues to be well funded: what President Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "How to Survive the Coronavirus Markets," 18 Apr. 2020

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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