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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

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 Blog

December 01, 2016

Conference Report: NDAA (FY 2017) - Analysis Blog 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

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick

July 12, 2016

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 17 other fiscal conservative organizations in sending a letter to all members of Congress... Read More

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

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Awards

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

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

Follow the Money: Air Force bomber

October 10, 2016 | Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson

This week's Follow the Money, takes us to the skies and a new Air Force bomber, with a cost estimated at $23.5 billion, for 100 planes.... Read More

Shame on Congress if it grants even more secrecy to Pentagon

September 10, 2016 | Star Tribune

An inspector general report at the Pentagon concluded in 2013 that its computer systems were dangerously vulnerable to hackers. At least 49... Read More

Playing Pentagon Budget Games

September 07, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress is back in session, albeit only until the end of September, and there are lots of things to discuss. Topic number one: The need to... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

November 04, 2016

F-35: Faster ≠ Cheaper

When this endless election cycle is finally over, and Congress is back in Washington to do the nation’s work,... 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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