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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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The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis

February 08, 2016

The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis Ongoing analysis of President Obama's final budget request for FY 2017 and insight into what it all means for taxpayers.... Read More

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The National Commission on the Future of the Army

February 03, 2016

The National Commission on the Future of the Army The Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the National Commission on the Future of the Army. The commissioners are... Read More

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FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog

December 16, 2015

FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog Ongoing analysis of the FY2016 Taxibus - the tax extenders and omnibus appropriations package recently released by Congress...... Read More

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Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My!

November 05, 2015

Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My! The “final” version of the Pentagon policy bill is making its way, step by painful step, through the Congress this week. Why are we putting... Read More

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The Rules Don’t Apply to Us

October 07, 2015

The Rules Don’t Apply to Us That may well be the rallying cry of the Pentagon budgeteers in the last dozen or more years. And they’ve been aided and abetted in this point... Read More

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Who’re You Calling a CR?

September 01, 2015

Who’re You Calling a CR? Given the Congress’ utter abdication of its Constitutionally-mandated power to decide how federal dollars will be spent, we are now less than... Read More

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Anthracite Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 12, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on U.S. anthracite shipment to Kaiserslautern, Germany.... Read More

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Congressional Floor debate on the Huffman-McClintock amendment

June 12, 2015

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


Golden Fleece: Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 04, 2015

(Note: an update to the report regarding the cost of the provision in question was published on June 15, 2015 - see below)  TCS Awards the... Read More

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How To Reform U.S. Disaster Policy To Prepare For A Riskier Future

April 21, 2015

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined fellow fiscal groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, and insurance interests in the... Read More

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Memo to Defense: Budgets Aren’t Bottomless

February 02, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

It's been just a couple of months since the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed by the Congress and signed by the president. Spending... Read More

Deep Dive into the Omnibus

December 25, 2015 | Capital Insider

During the past two weeks, Capital Insider has been focused on the positive and negative aspects of the omnibus -- the 2,000 plus page... Read More

Our Anti-Competitive Pentagon

December 23, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress is a hidebound institution. Rules and precedents are held in great awe (if you're an institutionalist), or they're used to bludgeon... Read More

7 Unbelievable Ways the Government Wasted Your Money in 2015

December 23, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

Congress’s approval last week of $1.15 trillion of new spending and $622 billion of special tax breaks before most lawmakers had a chance to... Read More

Military Bases May Be Forced to Stay Warm without Pennsylvania Coal

December 21, 2015 | CNHI News

WASHINGTON - Congress is on the verge of killing a much-derided program in which the Pentagon spends millions of dollars a year buying coal... Read More

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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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