This article, by a professor at the Naval Academy, explains what Dwight Eisenhower really meant by the military industrial complex. He was concerned about the influence of the military on the national spirit, as well as the opportunity cost of spending on the military. He gives many examples of how our society has been permeated by the glorification of warfare, and adoration of those in uniform. He blames this on civilians who have not been in the service. Those that have served understand it better than civilians.