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The military–industrial complex in the United States has vast influence over the country’s economy and government policy, says an American political analyst.
“The armaments industry is such an important part of the American economy and such a powerful force within the American political system; in many ways it is the American political system,” said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“It’s been said that the United States doesn’t just have a military–industrial complex; it is a military–industrial complex,” Preston told Press TV on Tuesday.
“And that’s extended internationally through the fact that the United States has hundreds of military bases spread out all over the world, they’ve got nuclear weapons deployed in different places,” he added.
“The armaments industry guides American policy.”
Russia says it is closely watching the United States’ work on developing new weapon systems, months after Washington abandoned an arms control treaty with Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Russian authorities “are actually keeping a close watch on Washington’s actions with regard to the development of new weapon systems.”
Back in early August, US President Donald Trump officially withdrew his country from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which had been concluded in 1987 by then-US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The INF had banned all land-based missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers and covered missiles carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads.
Trump’s withdrawal from the INF reflect the new momentum his administration has given to the US policy of “strategic rivalry” with China and Russia, two countries seen increasingly as a threat by Washington.
Last month, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned European nations to tackle what he called growing security and economic threats from China and Russia, the latest sign that Washington has shifted its main focus from the US wars in the Middle East to confronting Beijing and Moscow.