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Defense Spending and the Military-Industrial Complex

Levin-Waldman (2012, pp. 186-89) analyzes how “iron
triangles” link Congress, the bureaucracy, and interest groups in
self-serving relationships that influence policy in ways that are
contrary to the public interest. In 1961, at the end of President
Eisenhower’s second term, he gave a farewell address to the nation in
which he warned of the dangers of a “military-industrial complex.” Many
commentators today see the military-industrial complex as an example of
an iron triangle that bloats the defense budget and distorts national
priorities. Not everyone would accept this analysis, however, especially
defense “hawks” in Congress, the military bureaucracies, and defense
industries.  
Before writing your initial post, review the assigned resources. To
easily access the resources from the Ashford University Library, please
see the table located in the Course Materials section.In your initial post of at least 200-250 words, briefly explain the iron
triangle model of policy-making involving Congress, the bureaucracy,
and interest groups. Analyze information about relationships among
Congress, the military bureaucracies, and defense industries. Draw your
own conclusion, and support it with facts and with persuasive reasoning,
about the impact of these relationships on defense spending. Evaluate
the accuracy of the iron triangle model as a basis for understanding the
process of making defense spending policy.
Fully respond to all parts of the question. Write in your own words. Support your position with APA citations to two or
more of the assigned resources required for this discussion. Please be
sure that you demonstrate understanding of these resources, integrate
them into your argument, and cite them properly.

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