The Presidency: Ike's Nightmare Is upon Us

Ike's Nightmare Is upon Us

Keith Glennan, the man who got NASA running 30 years ago, can recall in vivid detail the night his boss, Dwight Eisenhower, warned America about the military-industrial complex. Glennan, who had been called away from the presidency of Cleveland's Case Institute of Technology to become the first NASA administrator, was watching television in his Connecticut Avenue apartment in 1961 when Ike sounded his ringing alert.

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience," said Ike in his farewell address. "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or...

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