The Military-Industrial Complex

Authored by: William Gay

The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138194663
eBook ISBN: 9781315638751
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The military-industrial complex (MIC) is the informal, powerful, and entrenched network between the military establishment and the defense industry. This network, which has been explicitly identified since the 1960s, permeates the design, development, and procurement of weapons and military technologies, rallies public support for expansion of military budgets, and influences public policy on military need, spending, and operations. Military interests in continuous growth and corporate interests in increasing profits work together in the MIC in ways that are difficult to challenge, even though they can and often do run counter to national security and public interest.

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