Military-Industrial Complex

The so-called Military-Industrial Complex refers to the tight cooperation between the military and the community of industrial companies who benefit from military contracts. All of the world's advanced weapons systems as well as the logistical ability to supply and support military deployments across the globe have resulted from this coordination and cooperation but there have also been instances of inflated costs, systems of dubious value, and other abuses. The benefits continue to outweigh the problems and the system is likely to continue.

Fuselage section during production of B-17F Flying Fortress bombers, at the Boeing aircraft plant, Seattle, WA, December 1942
Fuselage section during production of B-17F Flying Fortress bombers, at the Boeing aircraft plant, Seattle, WA, December 1942.

Today in WW II: 15 Sep 1944 US Marines invade Peleliu, beginning a long and tough battle to wrest the island from the Japanese [15 Sep-27 Nov].   

Military-Industrial Complex

This section of provides links to information about defense contractors, the "industrial wing" of the Military-Industrial Complex.

Defense Industry Information
Military Contractors are profiled on this site created by the Federation of American Scientists. Detailed corporate coverage is provided for the largest contractors and shipyards along with links and other information. Various reports and analyses are provided under "Perspectives".
Defense Daily Network is the on-line resource for the aerospace/defense market. For 40 years, Defense Daily has been the leading daily publication for business leads and market intelligence in land, sea, air, and space defense initiatives.
Defense Tech covers the advances in technology that drive progress in military, law enforcement and national defense. The website is updated daily with news and information about what defense contractors are doing and how the military is using the technology and equipment. Part of the community of web resources.
The International Security Industry Organization is a lobbying and marketing association for the military and civilian security industry. The website has many contact and information resources.
Defence Systems Daily provides daily free news on the defence and aerospace industries worldwide from their base in the UK. They also offer a free daily e-mail headline service.

Army Technology web site. This site is a comprehensive resourse directed toward the ground warfare defense industry in the US and worldwide. There are many interesting pages and links about companies which are prime and sub-contractors to the DoD and MoDs of many countries including MBTs, ground based missiles, electronics, support and logistics, and communications. Includes links to dozens of other related military and civilian organizations.

As the "Voice of the Industrial Base," the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) educates and provides a link for its members to defense officials and leaders of industry. Located in Arlington, Virginia, it stands in a key position to share issues and impact defense policies related to acquisition and procurement. NDIA, a non-partisan, non-profit international association founded on March 1, 1997, leads the way in communicating industrial perspectives to Congress, the Pentagon, and the American people. NDIA also publishes National Defense magazine, their business and technology journal.

Defense News the premier international defense business newsweekly.
Defense Contractors
Alliant Techsystems Inc. is a prime supplier of aerospace and defense technologies to the U.S. and its allies, specializing in propulsion systems, conventional and smart munitions, composite structures, and unmanned vehicles.
BAE Systems is a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea. Their many subsidiaries include Armor Holdings mobility security.
Bailey Bridges, Inc. is the worldwide supplier of United States M2 Bailey bridges and components, specializing in prefabricated steel panel bridges for over 50 years. Their web site has many photos of the bridge in military and civilian applications.
Bombardier, from Montreal, Canada, is one of the largest aerospace manufacturers in the world in addition to activity in other markets such as transportation equipment and financial services.
BondCote is a leader in the advancement of PVC coated fabrics for military tenting and truck and jeep covers.
Take a look at the home page of EZ Info, Inc. manufacturers of the patented Battlefield Reference Marking System (BRMS) Command and Control Panels for the Battlefield.
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and to strengthen technology transfer nationwide. Today, more than 600 major federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies are FLC members.
Fieldtex Products Inc. offers high quality, mil-spec field cases, foam field cases, first aid kits, webbing and realted for military and civilian customers.
General Dynamics is a leader in supplying sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies. The company is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, and employs 31,000 people in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide. Among other subsidiaries, Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics was formed from Litton Industries, Inc., acquired in 2001.
The S2 Company provides resources for intelligence professionals calling their web site "the first Intellectual Oasis for Tactical Intelligence Professionals".
Teledyne-Brown Engineering a wide spectrum of military products, as described on this page.
Tenebraex Corporation describes the tactical importance of camouflage and shows how their patented optics-concealing technology fills an important gap.
Thales, a French holding company, is a world leader in mission-critical information systems for the Aerospace, Defence and Security markets. Thales has operations in 50 countries and 68,000 employees.
Camouflage from Tiger Stripe Products, Inc. was widely used during the Vietnam War/Desert Storm by elite units; U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Army Special Forces, Rangers andLRRPs, and U.S. Marine Corp and Force Recon. The company develops and licenses new color combinations and new patterns for a variety of terrains and applications.