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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

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

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

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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

CT defense industry hurt by Congress’ inaction on spending bill

August 23, 2016 | The CT Mirror

Washington – Connecticut lawmakers are facing a major obstacle in their attempts to boost the number of helicopters, airplane engines and... Read More

Keynesian Theory Alive in Pentagon Spending

August 17, 2016 | Stars and Stripes

If you’ve been listening to the presidential campaign, you might think our military was significantly, even dangerously, underfunded. For months, we have consistently heard that Pentagon funding has declined precipitously, and that the military has been “gutted” in recent years. The trouble is, that’s just not true.... Read More

Defense Chief Resists Shoe Requirement for Military Recruits

August 12, 2016 | CNHI

WASHINGTON - A provision of a federal defense bill promoting U.S.-made athletic shoes, touted as a job-creator, is running into opposition... Read More

Outgoing Navy Secretary Still Urging a Base-Closing Round

August 09, 2016 | The CT Mirror

Washington — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess... Read More

At GOP National Convention, Ron Johnson Attacks Challenger Russ Feingold’s Support for the Military

July 26, 2016 | PolitiFact - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson used part of his July 19, 2016, speech at the Republican National Convention to boost his re-election campaign,... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 05, 2016

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending

Congress is giving Defense Secretary Ashton Carter a bad case of heartburn. Indeed, each year the Secretary of... 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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