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Rusk AAAAA, Dean Rusk interviewed by Dr. Peter Oliver, October 1985

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:31 - Military-industrial complex

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Partial Transcript: Sir, I have about five questions here. To start off with, I was wondering if you might give a quick definition of the military-industrial complex as you perceive it.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk defines the military-industrial complex, discussing its influence and pressures in Congress and on the awarding of Department of Defense contracts.

Keywords: Defense Department; Ford; General Dynamics; General Motors; Star Wars Initiative; Strategic Defense Initiative; University of Chicago; democratic process; military construction appropriation; pacifism

00:06:53 - Effect of the military-industrial complex on budgeting

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Partial Transcript: Would you agree that this process is a serious threat to frugal policymaking?

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about the difficulty of keeping Defense Department budgets low because of the military-industrial complex. He discusses abuses of the system and efforts to create a slimmer budget.

Keywords: Defense contracts; Secretary of Defense Robert Strange McNamara; State Department; competitive contract bidding; zero-budgeting

00:12:30 - How to lessen the industrial-military complex

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel that under the present administration the military-industrial complex has gained momentum?

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about the increase in the momentum of the industrial-military complex. He shares ideas about how to lessen this effect and control burgeoning defense appropriations.

Keywords: Antiballistic Missile Treaty; Bureau of the Budget; Cold War; Defense Department; Defense budget; President Ronald Reagan; Secretary of Defense; Senator Sam Nunn; Soviet Union; Space Defense Initiative; Star Wars Initiative; space race; zero-budgeting