from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The aggregate of a nation's armed forces and the industries that supply their equipment, materials, and armaments.
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- n. The armed forces of a nation together with the industries that supply their weapons and materiel.
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- n. a country's military establishment and the industries that produce arms and other military equipment
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C. Wright Mills, a sociologist well respected in academic circles who died at the height of his popularity in the early 1960s, had been widely read since his 1950s book, The Power Elite, which told of the military-industrial complex before Eisenhower had coined the phrase in his 1960 farewell address.
The United States was sanctioning one after another of China’s military-industrial complex companies, such as NORINCO, for providing ballistic missile equipment and technology to Iran, in violation of our statutes.