Fifty two years ago the retiring President Eisenhower made this broadcast:
His warning about the dangers of the military industrial complex were profound, sincere and genuine.
The Ministry of Defence has stepped up its campaign to draw upon millions of pounds from Britain's aid budget by suggesting the Department for International Development (DfID) pays for flights on military aircraft, some navy patrols and body armour.
There was even a move to ask DfID to contribute to the cost of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers on the grounds they will be used for peacekeeping operations and for disaster relief – but that suggestion has now been dropped.
The military industrial complex now threatens the poorest.
And we have a duty to say no to its demands.