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Providing for the common defense is a government function enshrined in our constitution. But every defense dollar we spend beyond our needs “has a long-term weakening effect upon the nation and its security,” in the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Defense spending accounts for the...More

largest portion of the federal discretionary budget and is packed with contracts for goods and services the military does not even need, let alone want. Congress could find hundreds of billions of dollars in savings by reforming Defense Department contracts, delaying or eliminating costly, problematic weapons systems, and right-sizing our force to handle 21st-century conflicts.

Transparency and accountability for spending decisions at all national security agencies is critical to the task of trimming the federal budget and the national debt. These agencies include the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, as well as the Department of Energy’s nuclear-weapons functions.

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Letters & Testimony

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments

May 20, 2016

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to support fiscally responsible amendments by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) to the FY17 Military...... Read More

Our Take

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

May 19, 2016

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments

May 18, 2016

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments TCS sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging them to vote for fiscally responsible amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Right/Left Groups Join Together to Support OCO Amendment

May 18, 2016

Right/Left Groups Join Together to Support OCO Amendment On Wednesday TCS joined a bipartisan group urging lawmakers to support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Right/Left Coalition Supports Three Amendments to FY17 NDAA

May 16, 2016

Right/Left Coalition Supports Three Amendments to FY17 NDAA On Monday, 13 organizations spanning the political spectrum sent a joint letter to the House Rules Committee in support of three amendments to... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Groups Support Flake Amendment #3820 to Cut Wasteful Corps Funding

April 26, 2016

Fiscal Groups Support Flake Amendment #3820 to Cut Wasteful Corps Funding TCS and the fiscal groups below sent the following letter urging Senators to support Amendment #3820 to cut wasteful Army Corps of Engineers funding.... Read More

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Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

Fact Sheets

Anthracite Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 12, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on U.S. anthracite shipment to Kaiserslautern, Germany.... Read More

Reports & Data

Congressional Floor debate on the Huffman-McClintock amendment

June 12, 2015

The House debate on the anthracite coal shipments.... Read More

Awards

Golden Fleece: Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 04, 2015

(Note: an update to the report regarding the cost of the provision in question was published on June 15, 2015 - see below)  TCS Awards the... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

No Defense for This Budget Gambit

May 24, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

It was only five weeks ago that I expressed optimism for some fiscal discipline on the part of the annual appropriations process. My fleeting... Read More

Pentagon Pork Revealed in Three Amendments

May 20, 2016 | The Huffington Post

Watching the House of Representatives debate Pentagon policy and budgeting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, to put it mildly. But for those who... Read More

Wish Lists and Budget Theater

May 04, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Calls for increased "border security," often thinly disguised attempts to militarize the border between the U.S. and Mexico, are nothing new.... Read More

Congress and Defense Spending

May 03, 2016 | Capital Insider

This week, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) proposed an increase in the defense budget by billions of... Read More

Robins AFB Supporters Visit Capitol Hill Amid Rising Concerns

April 29, 2016 | The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA)

WASHINGTON - Georgia’s political and military powerbrokers gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to voice their shared support for protecting... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

May 06, 2016

Insurance Waste, Resurrected

Never underestimate a politician’s ability to resurrect a bad idea, even if it has been cast aside several... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

U.S. Coal to Germany

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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Defense Assets Data

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