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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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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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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

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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

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

Trump Plan to Hire 15K Immigration, Border Agents Could Cost Billions, Take Years

March 07, 2017 | The Arizona Republic

The massive staffing increase would require approval from Congress, could take years and could require changes in hiring... Read More

New Defense Spending Bill Reflects the Pentagon’s Fear of Base Closure

March 07, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Too many lawmakers are scared of losing defense spending-related jobs.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 03, 2017

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation on Tuesday. As would be expected of any... 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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