1961 speech Eisenhower Warns us of New World Order. US Patriot Act. The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders. Detentions, Renditions, Torture. Private Contractors. Military-industrial complex. The phrase military-industrial complex was first used on January 17, 1961, by President Dwight D.
Eisenhower  in his farewell address to the nation in what is called his Military Industrial Complex Speech: "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.