The Iron Triangle. The Political Influence of the Military. I. The Cold War and Permanent Defense. Strong military is institutionalized – becomes interest group vying for government funds. 1. Defense Spending Since 1940. 2. USA vs. Everyone Else.
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The Political Influence of the Military
USA: $586.25 billion in FY 2007 ($666 b in 2008)
China Russia Japan UK France Italy India Israel Iran North Korea
Germany S. Arabia S. Korea Syria
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Congress, the Pentagon, and Defense Contractors