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BRIDGEPORT, CA - DECEMBER 09: Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Command Element learn to evacuate casualties using sleds and skis during training for winter conditions at the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center on December 9, 2005 at the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center near Bridgeport, California The 15th MEU is conducting mountain warfare training with the US Marine Corps' Infantry Officer's Course (IOC) in preparation for possible future missions in cold weather environments. It is the first major training exercise for the MEU since its return from deployment in June as well as the first time an entire MEU Command Element has conducted training with the IOC. The last deployment included a humanitarian assistance mission for Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and combat operations in Iraq. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The military industrial complex has only grown since President Eisenhower told the American people to beware its excesses. Today’s machines of war are incredibly complex and powerful. And the businesses that produce them number among the largest and most innovative on the planet. Drones, power suits, and next generation planes are coming — and not just from the United States.