- a network of a nation's military force together with all of the industries that support it.
Origin of military-industrial complex
First recorded in 1960–65
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- (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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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.
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