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RUNNING HEADER: M7A1: THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX1M7A1: The Military Industrial ComplexFranklin A. PereaExcelsior College
M7A1: THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX2The Military Industrial Complex I.INTRODUCTION TO THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXThe Military-Industrial Complex, MIC, is comprised of a variety of components from the Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard), Department of Defense (staff), Department of Homeland Security, and civilian employees to illustrate a few cogs of the MIC machine. Alic (2014) states the largest formally structured organization in the United Statesand one of the very largest in the world. (Walmart, the world’s biggest private employer, has about 1.4 million people on its US payroll and 2.2 million globally.). Politicians and weapons systems contractors aid to the pillar of the MIC. Also, to the payroll. Weber (2018) illustrates legislators who receive campaign contributions from military firms may vote to award funding toprojects in which the firms are involved, and military firms may hire former defense-ministry officials as lobbyists. While national security, NS, consist of physical security of the United States, U.S., it is coupled with the economic strength and security of the nation itself. A tertiary, and unspoken understanding of outreaching humanitarian programs, is the persuasive approach to relationships across the globe. The U.S. has an ever-growing concrete root in privatized defense weapons contractors, the political sector, and the military that may be counterproductive to the true strength of the sovereignty of the U.S. II.MILITARY ECONOMY The former President Eisenhower's main concern was that the growing necessity for ever more sophisticated weapons would lead to unwarranted ties between the military and the major defense industries that supplied these weapons (Lansford, 2018). Sectioned off by each state comprising the U.S. figure one illustrates the economic breakdown of military spending. Figure
M7A1: THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX3two illustrates the contrasting difference of the economic impact defense spending has on the U.S. in comparison to the rest of major world powers. With this much funding allocation from the government with respect to the United States’Gross Domestic Product, GDP, opportunities for employment locally and nationally does aid in the strength of a nation. The economic issue of the day now centers on what measures to take to return the economy to its long-term growth path and reduce the gap between the potential and actual levels of U.S. gross domestic product (Nanto, 2011). The figures above visually demonstrate the totality of spending allocations, but does not illustrate where it goes; for example, pension plans, maintenance (building, equipment, ships, tanks, etc.), procurement, military research and development and military aid to foreign countries.