“I never hear that the military-industrial-complex should be addressed.”
The pro-nation-building part of the GOP base is ignorant on this and thus blinding supports what they don’t understand.
Under both Clinton, Bush and Obama the civilian forced of the DOD has grown faster than the men in uniform. And they get paid a lot more. These civilians do social engineering projects and other things that do not add to what the base thinks of as national defense and constitutional activity.
Under both Clinton, Bush and Obama the pork and earmarks in the Defense budget has skyrocketed faster than the men in uniform. The generals don’t want this pork. But powerful establishment politicians and lobbyists tell the generals they have to support it in order to get what they do want.
In short we could easily cut the DOD budget without touching national defense .... if congress were pushed by a truly informed base.