military-industrial complex

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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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Along the way we are given an insider’s look at the 1950s military-industrial complex and the ease and informality with which academia, the military, intelligence agencies and industry collaborated. Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "‘The Cryotron Files’ Review: Taking the Cold War to Subzero," 11 Oct. 2018 The data allowed those outside the military-industrial complex to critically assess the effectiveness of the U.S. military and bring important issues into the public spotlight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Hiding Aviation Accident Data," 9 Oct. 2018 Republicans were willing to spend whatever was necessary to ensure that their allies in corporate America and the military-industrial complex got their due. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has No Infrastructure Plan. Blame the GOP.," 15 Feb. 2018 And Eisenhower warned about the military-industrial complex. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Jake Tapper's new book agrees with Donald Trump on this: 'The swamp exists'," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite such infractions, the wheels of the military-industrial complex continue to turn. Lovely Umayam, The New Republic, "The Nuclear Industry’s Winners and Losers," 31 May 2018 Was that an oblique swipe at the military-industrial complex that has made this country into a harbinger of death in the endless wars all over the globe in which it is embroiled? Jay Willis, GQ, "Why the NFL's New Anthem Policy Is Beyond Stupid, Explained," 24 May 2018 The son of Mikhail Fradkov, a former prime minister and intelligence service chief, heads a private bank which is the staple of the military-industrial complex. The Economist, "A new generation is rising in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018 Three decades earlier, Bob Dylan famously played the role of generational agitator, railing against stodgy senators, the John Birch Society, and the military-industrial complex. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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