On This Day. 1961: Eisenhower Warns of the “Military-Industrial” Complex

In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of a growing “military-industrial complex,” which he said wasWebsite.Eisenhower.Portrait too powerful and threatened the economy. Eisenhower – who as commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II oversaw the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France – and said the U.S. defense industry was profiting off of Americans’ national security paranoia and warned of “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power.” Eisenhower also warned Americans of “the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.” It is notable that two of the most prominent military leaders in American history – George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower – warned of an oversized military.