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English definition of “the military-industrial complex”

the military-industrial complex

noun [S] uk   us  
the armed forces and the industries that supply them, considered as a strong influence on government decisions and actions: He believes there is a right-wing conspiracy organized by the CIA and the military-industrial complex to maneuver the country into another war.The armed forces generally
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