military-industrial complex


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

Examples of military-industrial complex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wang’s dismissal from the elite political body is the latest shakeup in China’s military-industrial complex. Nectar Gan, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Who thoughtlessly distributes colossal amounts of money for weapons, loading up their military-industrial complex. TIME, 18 Oct. 2023 Some sly military-industrial complex humor creeps in as Oppenheimer, clad in his signature gray waistcoat and rumpled porkpie hat, leads this massively complicated undertaking at the surly behest of Col. Leslie R. Groves (a gruffly amusing Matt Damon). Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 Advertisement On Wednesday, the military was conducting airstrikes around Yarmouk, a military-industrial complex housing an ammunition dump, factories and gas and oil, resident Musa Abaker said. Hafiz Haroun, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 With the first, desperate phase of the war over, and the front line settling into more of a dynamic equilibrium, the Ministry of Digital Transformation wants to turn this startup arms business into a bona fide military-industrial complex. WIRED, 25 July 2023 But Russia’s war against Ukraine is exposing how closely the company, which has a board stacked with current and former senior officials from Russia’s security services, is intertwined with its military-industrial complex — and even Russian military operations in Ukraine. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 Its most obvious target is the U.S. military-industrial complex, which is bent on turning the cryptids into weapons of warfare — none more valuable than the baku, a gentle, elephant-like beast of Japanese folkloric origin that has the ability to feed on people’s dreams. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Back on the exhibit floor, vendors included the giants of America’s military-industrial complex. Lee Roop |, al, 28 Mar. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of military-industrial complex was in 1961

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“Military-industrial complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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