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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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Our Take

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget

March 04, 2014

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget TCS staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days.... Read More

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High Tech Border Tower Boondoggle Resurrected

March 24, 2014

High Tech Border Tower Boondoggle Resurrected The long-delayed contract for Integrated Fixed Towers (IFTs) along the southwest border was awarded late in February. To remind those who... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Public Input on National Defense Authorization Act

March 20, 2014

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Public Input on National Defense Authorization Act TCS asks Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to open committee’s consideration of the Pentagon spending bill... Read More

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Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders

March 04, 2014

Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders On the calendar it’s “Fat Tuesday” and if you don’t already know it, the unofficial theme of Fat Tuesday is "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez". ... Read More

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Secretary of Defense FY15 advance budget briefing

February 24, 2014

This afternoon the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs showed a little leg on the subject of the fiscal year 2015... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter to Congress: End Budget Gimmicks, Cut Pentagon’s Slush Fund

February 06, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 35 diverse organizations to send Appropriators in Congress a letter calling for an end to gimmicks in the Defense budget.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Just the facts about the Littoral Combat Ship

April 04, 2014

A ship that cannot operate and survive against advanced military adversaries in Asia, like China, should not receive one more dollar of... Read More

Fact Sheets

MOX Misses the Mark

March 03, 2014

MOX Misses the Mark The United States and Russia entered into a Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement in 2000, a plan to mutually dispose of at least... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the Facts about Military Commissaries

February 25, 2014

On January 24th, the Secretary of Defense unveiled some reforms to the military commissary system. Details are still sketchy, but the plan... Read More

Fact Sheets

Border Security Laundry List

February 03, 2014

Border Security Laundry List Last year, when the immigration reform policy bill was on the Senate floor, a strange thing happened. ... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Congress Up in Arms Over Pentagon Cost-Cutting Steps

April 14, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

About half a dozen members of Congress, independently of each other, raised objections this week to a slew of spending reductions proposed by the Defense Department as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. ... Read More

Throwing Good Money After Bad on the Border

April 14, 2014 | US News & World Report

One recurrent theme in all of the various discussions of immigration policy is the need to “secure the border." While curtailing illegal... Read More

Get Rid of the Pentagon’s Slush Fund

April 01, 2014 | Huffington Post

  President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget... Read More

Why An Army Audit May No Longer Be An Oxymoron

March 25, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

With tax season upon us, some Americans might be worried about being audited by the federal government. That hasn’t been a concern of the... Read More

‘Virtual’ border fence idea revived. Another ‘billion dollar boondoggle’?

March 21, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor

Customs and Border Protection's Mark Borkowski has his pitch down. At a hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 14, 2014

Sweetheart Deals

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the thoughts of a young farmer, shipbuilder, rural airport operator, or coal miner... Read More

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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