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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

Fiscal Groups Support Amendments to Cut New Pentagon Slush Fund

July 25, 2017

Fiscal Groups Support Amendments to Cut New Pentagon Slush Fund TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives supporting amendments geared towards eliminating the "National Defense Restoration Fund".... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Pentagon $ Shouldn’t Pay for a Border Wall

July 24, 2017

Pentagon $ Shouldn’t Pay for a Border Wall TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives arguing against Pentagon money going to President Trump's proposed border wall. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

NDAA Pro-Taxpayer Recommendations

July 13, 2017

NDAA Pro-Taxpayer Recommendations TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives in anticipation of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservative Amendments to Include in NDAA

July 11, 2017

Fiscal Conservative Amendments to Include in NDAA TCS joined 10 other organization in sending a letter urging the House Rules Committee to consider the following amendments on H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2018.... Read More

Our Take

Pentagon Strategy Before Pentagon Budget Request: Is There a Plan for the Money?

June 30, 2017

Pentagon Strategy Before Pentagon Budget Request: Is There a Plan for the Money? At TCS we have often called for a public debate of the goals and strategy of U.S. military engagement. More than half of the federal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges House Committee to Oppose Soda Ash Giveaway

June 27, 2017

TCS Urges House Committee to Oppose Soda Ash Giveaway On Tuesday, TCS sent the following letter to the House Natural Resources Committee, urging Members to avoid repeating past mistakes and to oppose a royalty reduction for Soda Ash.... Read More

More in-depth material from TCS in National Security

Why Does the Tool Exclude Department of Defense Operations and Maintenance?

June 01, 2017

The Pentagon’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget lines are a significant portion of each year’s budget request. As a reference... Read More

What Does the U.S. Government Spend on Cyber Issues? Nobody Knows

June 01, 2017

The federal government’s cyber security role is complex, and involves protecting federal information systems, determining the appropriate... Read More

Do Spikes in Federal Spending Correspond with known Cyber Attacks?

June 01, 2017

Unclassified federal cyber spending spiked in Fiscal Year 2011 and again in Fiscal Year 2015. It makes sense that these surges, in both... Read More

What is This Database?

June 01, 2017

When it comes to cyber spending, of this much we are sure: The federal government spends a boatload of money. How many billions Taxpayers... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Building a Wall in the Dark

July 19, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress is using budget shenanigans to funnel Pentagon money to President Trump’s border wall. ... Read More

Wicker urges Congress to increase number of Navy ships

July 06, 2017 | The Clarion-Ledger

WASHINGTON — With increasing threats around the world, including China and Russia, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said the U.S. should... Read More

Congress Must Stop Soft ‘Earmarking’ in Pentagon Spending Bill

July 03, 2017 | The Hill - Congress Blog

Sometime on Sunday the House Appropriations Committee released its “Chairman’s Mark” of the Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill for the... Read More

Keeping the Navy’s Peacoat Is Not a Matter of National Security

June 28, 2017 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Last August the Navy announced that it's phasing out the classic, navy blue peacoat, a button-up woolen garment that has changed little for... Read More

The Overseas Contingency Operations Account Is Just a Pentagon Slush Fund

June 21, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Off-budget, not out of mind.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 07, 2017

Christmas in July for the Pentagon

‘Tis the season: Christmas in July. Because it’s definitely Christmas if you’re a Pentagon contractor with... Read More

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U.S. Coal to Germany

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2018

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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