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Weapons and Spaceships: The Military-Industrial Complex

  • William R. Nester

Abstract

In his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans to prevent the growth of a military-industrial complex that threatened to undermine their economic dynamism and political freedom. Two years later, the former four-star general and president elaborated his views:

No matter how much we spend for arms, there is no safety in arms alone. Our security is the total product of our economic, intellectual, moral, and military strengths … there is no way in which a country can satisfy the craving for absolute security — but it can easily bankrupt itself, morally and economically, in attempting to reach that illusory goal through arms alone. The military establishment, not productive itself, necessarily must feed on the energy, productivity, and brainpower of the country, and if it takes too much our total strength declines.3

Keywords

Nuclear Weapon Industrial Policy Space Shuttle Aircraft Industry Military Spending 
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Notes

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© William R. Nester 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Nester
    • 1
  1. 1.St John’s UniversityNew YorkUSA

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