The military industrial complex

Authored by: J. Paul Dunne , Elisabeth Sköns

The Global Arms Trade

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781857434972
eBook ISBN: 9780203851456
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When the size of the military sector in a country and its importance to the economy, or indeed its cost to the economy, come under scrutiny the existence of a ‘Military Industrial Complex’ (MIC) is often alluded to. In general it is meant to represent the groups within society that benefit from military spending and its growth, but what is meant by it is often vague and sometimes inconsistent (Fine 1993). Despite being most used in critical analyses, the source of the term is more conservative. It was introduced by Dwight Eisenhower, an ex-military Republican President of the USA, who was concerned about the combined power of the large military establishment and the arms industry, which he called the military industrial complex (Albertson 1963).

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