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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Scholarly commentators and pundits generally shrink from ascribing base pecuniary motives to the military-industrial complex. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Under his banner, Anduril is a venture capital-backed start-up that has proudly joined the ranks of the military-industrial complex. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A 26-year-old billionaire is building virtual border walls — and the federal government is buying," 26 July 2019 The second boom in the 007 franchise came in the 1990s with the success of Pierce Brosnan as a Bond who fought the bad guys in the new world of interconnectivity—the military-industrial complex of the 1960s had become the military-internet complex. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 By Aaron Gregg | The Washington Post Phebe Novakovic is one of the most influential yet least visible leaders of America’s military-industrial complex. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic recounts her national security journey, takes a jab at Silicon Valley," 30 June 2019 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

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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