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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

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations

October 16, 2014

TCS joined a coalition of groups in making money-saving recommendations to save Defense dollars.... Read More

Our Take

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request

September 23, 2014

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request On September 8th, the Pentagon sent the Congress a request to reprogram Overseas Contingency Operations funds to accelerate the buy of eight... Read More

Our Take

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill

July 18, 2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill This week the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. When all was said and done, the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35

July 17, 2014

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began its consideration of H.R. 4870, the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill

July 09, 2014

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill Taxpayers for Common Sense recommends an “aye” vote on the following amendments.... Read More

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White House Releases More Details on Pentagon Slushfund Account

June 26, 2014

White House Releases More Details on Pentagon Slushfund Account Today, after months of delay, the Administration put some flesh to the bones of its Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request for fiscal... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform

May 27, 2014

Immigration reform is a perennial topic at the forefront of the political discourse in Washington. The media reports that there is movement... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Navy’s Budget Gimmicks Don’t Hold Water

October 22, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

What do you do when the amount of money in your checking account is less than the amount you need to pay all your bills? What does any... Read More

The Cost of Fighting ISIS

October 16, 2014 | WJLA

Ellis interview October 14, 2014 Prior to the start of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq the Pentagon had been trying to make budget cuts to... Read More

Sensible Defense Budget Savings

October 15, 2014 | US News & World Report

There is a multi-billion dollar elephant in the room where Pentagon budget deals are made and broken. The name of that elephant is... Read More

Time to Get Real About the F-35

October 08, 2014 | Huffington Post

I understand the reluctance to simply walk away from the Pentagon's plan to buy a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike... Read More

GovWatch: Report Says Air Force Overspending by Billions

October 07, 2014 | Dayton Daily News

The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $8.8 billion on possibly unnecessary attack drones, according to an inspector general’s report last week... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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October 10, 2014

Brother, Can You Spare A Billion?

Volume XIX No. 41 The recent start of military operations to strike at the so-called “Islamic State” (IS)... 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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