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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

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions

June 30, 2016

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions TCS and Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Defense Appropriations: Right/Left Groups Urge Yes Votes on Fiscally Responsible Amendments

June 15, 2016

Defense Appropriations: Right/Left Groups Urge Yes Votes on Fiscally Responsible Amendments TCS and other groups urged lawmakers today to vote in favor of the following fiscally responsible defense appropriations amendments.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision

June 15, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to vote again to end a decades-old, wasteful requirement to ship anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to heat U.S. military bases in Germany. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order

June 13, 2016

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order TCS and other fiscal conservative groups urged lawmakers to rule in order an amendment to strike a wasteful provision from the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill.... Read More

Our Take

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... Read More

Letters & Testimony

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments

May 20, 2016

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to support fiscally responsible amendments by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) to the FY17 Military...... Read More

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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

Awards

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

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Congress vs. the Zombie Coal Amendment

June 21, 2016 | US News & World Report

Bad ideas are known for putting down roots. One such bad idea took root way back in 1961 when Congress began forcing the U.S. military to... Read More

New Balance Close to Win in Buy-America Foot Race for Military

June 06, 2016 | Bloomberg News

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. is close to winning an almost decade-long marathon: A buy-American provision in the massive defense policy bill... Read More

Pentagon Spending Shenanigans

June 06, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

In the last few weeks, the federal appropriations process has taken a few, painful, stutter-steps in the House of Representatives.... Read More

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

May 25, 2016 | The Huffington Post

Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply... Read More

No Defense for This Budget Gambit

May 24, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

It was only five weeks ago that I expressed optimism for some fiscal discipline on the part of the annual appropriations process. My fleeting... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 17, 2016

Opportunities for Fiscal Responsibility in the House

This week the rubber met the road, from a federal spending perspective, in the House of Representatives. The... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

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.

Our Take

Defense Assets Data

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Weekly Wastebasket

Spending for the 4th

July 01, 2016

Statements

Statement on Coal Valuation Rule

June 30, 2016

Weekly Wastebasket

Aviation Extension Shenanigans

June 24, 2016