The U.S. devotes billions of dollars to defense, but some worry it’s too much. So, what exactly is the military-industrial complex?
Ike’s Warning Of Military Expansion, 50 Years Later
“On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces.”
Big money behind war: the military-industrial complex
“Eisenhower warned that ‘an immense military establishment and a large arms industry” had emerged as a hidden force in US politics and that citizens “must not fail to comprehend its grave implications’.”
To learn more about America’s federal budget and defense spending, check out these links:
United States Federal Budget for FY 2015
Center For Defense Information at POGO: Total U.S. National Security Spending, 2014-2015
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