It involves the Pentagon, CIA, multinational corporations, the White House, Congress, and an agency with no name but referred to by Senator Daniel Inouye as the "shadowy government" with its own funding sources and decision processes.
The military demands weapons, and private corporations gladly provide them for obscene amounts of money allocated not only by Congress but by unrevealed sources (drug sales, illicit weapons sales, extortion, piracy, the sale of public technology to private entities, the manipulation of the currency and world economy, and so forth).
The White House is not in charge but does serve the useful function of selling it to the public or keeping it secret and a matter of "national security." The mainstream media is complicit as are two other important complexes, the pharmaceutical industry (that provides contaminants, psychotrophic drugs, and deadly vaccines to the military and government) and the prison-industrial complex.
"Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
Private companies and massive multinational corporations have a "revolving door" policy with the Pentagon, Congress, clandestine services (such as the CIA), and the White House. Lobbyists pitch weapons sales to their former employers in the government and vice versa.
"Industry" produces weapons, equipment, toxins, and support services for war. Military brass -- such as the Trilateral Commission, NATO, and secret offices in the Pentagon -- ensure low level conflicts worldwide, secret drone attacks, deep sea and space monitoring, and all out wars on relatively weak nations to utilize the services of defense contractors and government forces for profit.
Profits involve more than illicit drug sales, oil reserves, strategic geopolitical influence and the control of trade for multinational corporations, and weapons sales. The goal is "full spectrum dominance," the prevailing of our peculiar style of capitalism, and the continued enslavement of the third world. It continues centuries, if not millenia, of imperial war-profiteering.
- The MIC's network of worldwide military bases
- The Military-Industrial Complex explained
- PBS with Bill Moyers: "The Secret Government"