The United States relished in huge economic advantages at the end of World War II. As the only major industrial nation not devastated by the war the United States had an unmatched global position. (Henretta, 789) Defense spending allowed us to prosper after the war. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talked about the military-industrial complex, which employed 3.5 million Americans. The military-industrial complex originated in the business-government enterprise of World War II, the defense department grew into a huge bureaucracy. To protect national security, defense related industries entered into long-term relationships with the Pentagon.