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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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,, "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 While the current military-industrial complex used on Earth certainly has serious issues, at least companies and countries are forced to compete against one another, weeding out truly non-sensical weapon designs. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "The Devolution of 'Star Wars' Ridiculous Walker Tanks," 17 Dec. 2015 To stay in power, Putin needs the loyalty of these anti-Western factions within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and military-industrial complex. Samuel Ramani, Washington Post, "Why Russia is openly violating sanctions against North Korea," 23 Apr. 2018

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