An essay on the Military Industrial Complex
It’s hard to dispute that we have become, quite possibly, the lone Super Power. One of the most critical factors that shaped our country’s strength and interests is its relationship of our military and economy through its domestic and international intervention of conflict resolutions. The unique character of the United States and its ideologies, contributes to the relative success of the military sector in terms of gaining dominance in the global stage as a super power. The “Military Industrial Complex” as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/military-industrial%20complex) is “an informal alliance of the military and related government departments with defense industries that is held to influence government policy.” The term was initially coined by outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower, and warned if the growth is allowed, would lead us into dangerous situations. The Military Industrial Complex (“MIC”) is more than just a marriage between military and economy. It takes a lot of key ingredients to develop, such as political actors; executive and legislative branch, economic actors like heavy industries; military industrial sectors – arms, weaponry, and other commercial actors like, such as the oil industry.
President Eisenhower was prophetic when he stated that the MIC will manage itself to expand and this will affect America in terms of liberties to the people and its democratic framework. In terms of military power, we have become dominant- literally throughout the world. With advanced technologies and equipment, the U.S. military is a global powerhouse. The U.S. military dominion and expansion during the Cold War, was enormous. This can be seen by our international intrusions in forms of “peacemaking” or “peacekeeping”. Some examples of this would be the war between North and South Korea, as well as Vietnam. Our military