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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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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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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

Reports & Data

Congressional Floor debate on the Huffman-McClintock amendment

June 12, 2015

The House debate on the anthracite coal shipments.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

New Class of Ballistic Missile Submarines Reaches Milestone

January 05, 2017 | The Day

The estimated $128 billion program to build a new class of ballistic missile submarines is taking another step forward after achieving what... Read More

Veronique de Rugy: Is Trump’s Pick for Budget Director a David Stockman Redux?

December 23, 2016 | Noozhawk

In his 1986 memoirs, The Triumph of Politics, David Stockman wrote: "The politicians were wrecking American capitalism. They were turning... Read More

Contractor Won Weak Bomber Oversight, McCain Says

December 13, 2016 | Roll Call

House and Senate negotiators writing a final defense authorization bill quietly deleted or diluted tough provisions affecting the Air Force’s... Read More

Larson makes big push for more F-35 fighter jets

October 21, 2016 | The CT Mirror

Washington – U.S. Rep. John Larson is spearheading a push to substantially boost defense budget spending on additional F-35 fighter jets, but... Read More

No Secret that the Pentagon’s War Fund is Nothing but a Slush Fund

October 12, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Pentagon's Overseas Contingency Operations account is nothing but a slush fund used by the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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January 13, 2017

Out of the Box Thinking

The President-elect has talked about thinking out of the box and reinventing government. This idea is one... 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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Defense Assets Data

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