military-industrial complex

military-industrial complex

[mil-i-ter-ee-in-duhs-tree-uhl]
noun
a network of a nation's military force together with all of the industries that support it.

Origin:
1960–65

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military-industrial complex
 
n
(in the US) the combined interests of the military establishment and industries involved in producing military material considered as exerting influence on US foreign and economic policy

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military-industrial complex definition


A general term for the cooperative relationship between the military and the industrial producers of military equipment and supplies in lobbying for increased spending on military programs.

Note: In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned that the growth of this relationship would increase the militarization of American society and endanger the principles of democracy.
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military-industrial complex

network of individuals and institutions involved in the production of weapons and military technologies. The military-industrial complex in a country typically attempts to marshal political support for continued or increased military spending by the national government.

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