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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States


YouTube Video

The True Cost of the Military-Industrial Complex

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  • This video is about the environmental impacts caused by the United States military-industrial complex.
  • Students will learn about the environmental and social hazards of a bloated military.
  • The video concludes that demilitarization is the only sustainable option and that war is always an environmental hazard.
Teaching Tips


  • The video discusses the environmental impacts of war, including chemical waste and emissions caused by fuel for machines of war.
  • It includes an analysis of imperialism and potential justifications for war.
  • The video description contains links to other resources for further reading.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video begins with an ad.
  • The video's content ends at 8:20 and is followed by a sponsored ad.
  • The video concludes that military decisions prioritize profit and control over peace and safety, which may be sensitive topics for students with family members who served in the military.


  • History classes could review the military conflicts mentioned in the video, including Panama (1989), Chile (1973), East Timor (1975), and Iraq (2003).
  • Students could write alternative budget proposals that divert money away from the military and toward environmentally and socially focused policies.
  • A resource related to this topic is this video on the way that the United States' greed for oil contributes to climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the environmental cost of the United States Military. While it does editorialize towards the end of the video, the data provided is accurate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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    • This video covers heavy topics and should probably be preceded by a class discussion to prepare students for some of the difficult topics. I had students who disagreed with certain aspects of this video but the conversations were positive and had the students rethinking the connection between the military and our enviornment.
      2 years ago