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mil·i·tar·y-in·dus·tri·al complex

The aggregate of a nation's armed forces and the industries that supply their equipment, materials, and armaments.

military-industrial complex

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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

mil′itary-indus′trial com′plex

a nation's armed forces together with the industries that supply them.
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Noun1.military-industrial complex - a country's military establishment and the industries that produce arms and other military equipmentmilitary-industrial complex - a country's military establishment and the industries that produce arms and other military equipment; "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex"--Dwight David Eisenhower
vested interest - groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
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Her larger argument about the emergence of military-industrial complexes in the United States and Britain hinges on this relationship, and torpedoes represented what one might call an agency technology, providing a forcing function for public and private sectors to overcome the difficulties in solving complex military problems--problems that could only be solved in partnership.
Angelov and Bayar have outlined a number of opportunities for the development of the ties between the military-industrial complexes of Bulgaria and Turkey including the exchange of experience and ideas, exchange of military delegations for participation in defense industry fairs, joint long-term industrial projects, and intergovernmental coordination.
For a closer look at the British experience see Robin Higham, "Complex Skills and Skeletons in the Military-Industrial Relationship in Great Britain," in War, Business and World Military-Industrial Complexes, ed.

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