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Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Zayde Antrim


With the United States spending more on its military budget than all other nations combined, the question arises as to whether the ultimate military force around the globe is really keeping the nation secure or whether it allots the largest amount of government budgeting for the sake of profits for the arms corporations? Through analyzing the history of the military industrial complex and one of the arms manufacturers most commonly paired with the dangers of this complex, Lockheed Martin, I have developed a narrative that matches the fears of the unwarranted influence of the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower referred to at the end of his Presidency. From this study, I’ve concluded that in order to improve the future security of the United States population, the military mindset as well as the budget need to be refocused on the good of the people’s health and education instead of fighting potential terrorist threats abroad, spending nearly $1 trillion per year to do so, and allowing the arms manufacturers to dictate national and foreign policy decision making.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Access is restricted to the Trinity campus.