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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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Secret Report on B-21 Secrecy

May 15, 2017

Secret Report on B-21 Secrecy In an ironic twist that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the Department of Defense Inspector General has launched a new, and... Read More

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American Troops Deserve the Best Equipment, No Matter Where it is Produced

April 19, 2017

American Troops Deserve the Best Equipment, No Matter Where it is Produced “Buy American” is just top-cover for protectionists.... Read More

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April Showers of Cash

March 08, 2017

April Showers of Cash The Congress added $5.7 Billion to the Pentagon's budget for programs they didn't even ask for! ... Read More

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Protectionism Perfected

March 02, 2017

Protectionism Perfected 'Buy American' sounds good, but the Pentagon shouldn’t be used as a jobs program.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Congress: MOX Facility

March 01, 2017

Letter to Congress: MOX Facility TCS joined Project for Government Oversight (POGO), SRS Watch, and National Taxpayers Union in sending a letter to Congress on March 1st... Read More

Our Take

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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Policy Briefs

Brief: Federal Coal Program Review

January 17, 2017

In January 2016, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More


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

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Funding President Trump’s Border Wall Is a Total Pipe Dream

April 27, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

The president's border wall may not scuttle spending plans now, but it's still unrealistic.... Read More

To Save Millions, The Air Force Grounds Planes Worth Billions

April 15, 2017 | Task & Purpose

The Air Force has grounded a big portion of its newly refurbished, multibillion-dollar fleet of C-5 Galaxy transport planes, just to avoid... Read More

Trump’s ‘Skinny’ Budget Disappoints But There’s Still Good News on Spending

March 22, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

The Pentagon is backing away from expensive F-35s in its latest budget request.... Read More

Lockheed Martin CEO: Trump ‘Absolutely’ Helped Cut F-35’s Cost

March 22, 2017 | Business Insider

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said that President Donald Trump "absolutely" made a difference in the savings and timelines for... Read More

Trump’s Wall: How Long Will it Take to Build, And at What Cost?

March 08, 2017 | Curbed

Like many of President Donald J. Trump’s policy pronouncements, his key campaign promise, the Mexican border wall, entered the world via... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 07, 2017

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy

The Senate Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing on former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s... 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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