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What is the Military Industrial Complex

The term military-industrial complex refers to the intricate relationship between the governments, militaries, and defense firms of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other developed states. The phrase was popularized by U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) in his 1961 farewell address, in which he warned of the dangers of the “military-industrial complex” that had created unheralded ties between the military and large defense manufacturers. Eisenhower asserted that the result was a security establishment that was compromised by the private sector and lacking an emphasis on national defense. The outgoing president warned that the social-economic-political triangle at the core of the military-industrial complex was seeking to develop weapons and armaments to benefit itself, rather than the nation it was supposed to serve. Many commentators would later see Eisenhower's remarks as a broad condemnation of bureaucracies that grew beyond the control or understanding of the citizenry.

Lansford, Tom. "Military-Industrial Complex." The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Ed. George Thomas Kurian. Vol. 3. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011. 1035-1036. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.

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