AUTHOR'S NOTE: Oral history interviews are quoted by permission of the Columbia University Center for Oral History.
Eisenhower's Paradoxical Relationship with the “Military-Industrial Complex”
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2011
© 2011 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 667–692, December 2011
How to Cite
JANIEWSKI, D. E. (2011), Eisenhower's Paradoxical Relationship with the “Military-Industrial Complex”. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 41: 667–692. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2011.03909.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2011
This analysis of Eisenhower's farewell address and its core concept, “the military-industrial complex,” explores the contribution of its major authors and editors, including Milton Eisenhower, and the changes in the text due to its transformation from a State of the Union speech into a television address. It situates this final act of Eisenhower's rhetorical presidency in paradoxical conjunction with a hawkish strand of contemporary conservatism. Media coverage of this conservative insurgency influenced the interpretation of the military-industrial complex producing a definition closer to the permanent war economy, discussed by C. Wright Mills, instead of the nuanced concept intended by the speech's creators.