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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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Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending

December 12, 2014

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending The Pentagon portion of the CROmnibus is liberally sprinkled with funding for programs the Pentagon either wants to end or never asked for in... Read More

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Highlights of Department of Defense Reclama of House and Senate Authorization Bills

October 31, 2014

Earlier this month the Pentagon submitted to the Congress its views on open issues in the Defense Authorization legislation.  When Congress... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations

October 16, 2014

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations TCS joined a coalition of groups in making money-saving recommendations to save Defense dollars.... Read More

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Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request

September 23, 2014

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request On September 8th, the Pentagon sent the Congress a request to reprogram Overseas Contingency Operations funds to accelerate the buy of eight... Read More

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill

July 18, 2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill This week the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. When all was said and done, the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35

July 17, 2014

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began its consideration of H.R. 4870, the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense... Read More

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F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

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$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014

At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of Representatives,... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform

May 27, 2014

Immigration reform is a perennial topic at the forefront of the political discourse in Washington. The media reports that there is movement... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

The Border Security Money Pit

November 26, 2014 | US News & World Report

Last week President Barack Obama made a speech outlining his plans for executive action on immigration policy. Not two minutes in, the... Read More

The Pentagon’s Budget Bamboozle

November 13, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

This week, the administration released budget details of the $5 billion “amendment” to its request for the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency... Read More

McCain-Led Armed Services Panel to Mean More Scrutiny of Weapons Programs

November 06, 2014 | Congressional Quarterly

As Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain prepares to take the gavel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the defense industry is girding for... Read More

Revisiting disaster relief

October 30, 2014 | WJLA News 7

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy and a majority of the $60 billion in recovery funds have not been spent. While Congress was quick to... Read More

Navy’s Budget Gimmicks Don’t Hold Water

October 22, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

What do you do when the amount of money in your checking account is less than the amount you need to pay all your bills? What does any... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

November 14, 2014

Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions

If we needed more proof that the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget is just a slush fund,... Read More

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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