Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Dwight David Eisenhower (18901969)
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citzenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
President DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, farewell radio and television address to the American people, Washington, D.C., January 17, 1961.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 196061, p. 1038.