National SecurityNational Security

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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Can’t Fight Terror with Nukes

December 23, 2016

Can’t Fight Terror with Nukes Looking back at the last year or so, we have started at least two commentaries with, “Terrorists have struck again in a major European... Read More

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Continuing Resolution Contains $14 Billion in Off-Budget Spending

December 08, 2016

Continuing Resolution Contains $14 Billion in Off-Budget Spending Congress is set to debate a stop-gap spending bill funding the government after the current bill expires December 9th. The bill, Further... Read More

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Pentagon Hides Pentagon-Commissioned Study That Told Them How to Save $125 Billion

December 06, 2016

Pentagon Hides Pentagon-Commissioned Study That Told Them How to Save $125 Billion Just in time for the release of a draft Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government working past Friday, the Washington Post... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Right-Left Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap Increased Funding for OCO Account

December 02, 2016

Right-Left Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap Increased Funding for OCO Account Taxpayers for Common Sense recently joined a left/right coalition letter to Congress regarding the Pentagon budget. The letter told lawmakers... Read More

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Conference Report: NDAA (FY 2017) | Analysis

December 01, 2016

Conference Report: NDAA (FY 2017) | Analysis The massive piece of compromise legislation that sets Pentagon policy for Fiscal Year 2017 was just released to the public... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules

August 24, 2016

Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules TCS joins 40 organizations from across the political spectrum to decry provisions that would let the Pentagon skirt recently strengthened... Read More

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Policy Briefs

Brief: Federal Coal Program Review

January 17, 2017

In January 2016, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

Awards

Golden Fleece: The Air Force B-21 Raider Attack on Your Wallet

October 04, 2016

TCS Awards its Golden Fleece Award to the U.S. Air Force for refusing to release the overall costs of the B-21 bomber... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Navy: More Money Needed to Address Sub Maintenance Shortfall

February 11, 2017 | Military.com

Five attack submarines could be decertified this year if Congress fails to provide more money to the Navy to address maintenance and readiness... Read More

Trump Overstates Credit For $700 Million in Savings For F-35s

February 07, 2017 | PolitiFact

President Donald Trump told military commanders in Tampa that he will deliver new airplanes at a massive savings to taxpayers. "We're... Read More

Building a Border Wall of Debt

February 07, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Who will foot the bill for Trump's executive order on border security and immigration?... Read More

F-35 Savings Are Smaller Than They Appear

February 01, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

There's more hype than cost-cutting in Donald Trump's review of a pricey jet fighter program.... Read More

Rubio Backs Trump on Wall, says It’s More Important than Other Priorities

January 27, 2017 | The Miami Herald

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday became one of the first prominent lawmakers to publicly back President Donald Trump’s bid to build... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 16, 2017

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense

Sadly, common sense often doesn’t seem that common in Washington and, in particular, Capitol Hill. Lawmakers... Read More

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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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