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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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Press Releases

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper

April 21, 2015

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper TCS and the SmarterSafer coalition release a report calling for reform of the nation’s disaster policies ... Read More

Our Take

Your Tax Dollars and the F-35

April 15, 2015

Your Tax Dollars and the F-35 The day before “Tax Day” the Government Accountability Office issued a riveting (if you’re into this kind of thing like we are) new study on... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives: Maintain Point of Order for Defense Spending (Senate)

April 14, 2015

Senator Michael B. Enzi, Chairman Committee on Budget U.S. Senate 624 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives: Maintain Point of Order for Defense Spending (House)

April 14, 2015

Representative Tom Price, M.D. Committee on the Budget U.S. House of Representatives 207 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC... Read More

Our Take

Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List

April 01, 2015

Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List It’s Spring, finally. The promise of cherry blossoms fills the air in Washington. It’s also that time of year in the nation’s capital when a... Read More

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Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier

March 25, 2015

Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier In the House and Senate budget resolutions, lawmakers are funneling $38 billion more into the Pentagon's slush fund than the Pentagon... Read More

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Reports & Data

How To Reform U.S. Disaster Policy To Prepare For A Riskier Future

April 21, 2015

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined fellow fiscal groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, and insurance interests in the... Read More

Fact Sheets

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

Fact Sheets

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014

At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of Representatives,... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

K St. Swarms on Pentagon’s ‘Wish Lists’

April 16, 2015 | The Hill

The re-emergence of Pentagon “wish lists” to Congress has ignited a fierce lobbying battle among some of the world’s largest contractors, who... Read More

Without Funding Boost, Navy Shipbuilding Plan Runs Aground

April 09, 2015 | Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS -- On the surface, the Navy's new 30-year shipbuilding plan looks like smooth sailing for Huntington Ingalls Industries and other... Read More

Defense Spending Has Dropped 21 Percent since 2010, Rubio Says

April 01, 2015 | Politifact

Even with combat in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a... Read More

Hous GOP Approves Budget to Hike Defense, Slash Safety-Net Programs

March 27, 2015 | The Los Angeles Times

House Republicans pushed past their internal divisions to approve a budget blueprint Wednesday, putting the new Congress on track to notch a... Read More

5 Gimmicks in the GOP’s “Gimmick-Free” Budget

March 18, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

The new House GOP budget for fiscal 2016 declares that “we do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks” to slash spending by $5.5... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 24, 2015

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm

June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. While 2014 was a relatively light year for storms,... Read More

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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