The Institute for Spending Reform is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to finding solutions to our country’s escalating national debt, the challenge of our generation.

Credible research and impartial information are crucial aspects of fiscal responsibility, so we engage in and promote rigorous academic research on federal spending and budgeting.

We have conducted original research on fiscal rules and the debt limit, the US budgeting system, and a range of issues. With this site, we hope to provide a clear set of options, not a binding policy prescription, for addressing the nation’s largest department.


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  • “If we are going to effectively tackle the long-term national security threat posed by our national debt, then we need to seriously examine how our defense dollars are being spent. Waste and inefficiency within the Pentagon not only contributes to our nation’s debt and deficit, it also diminishes the effectiveness of our nation’s armed forces."

    Dan Caldwell, USMC (ret.)
    Concerned Veterans for America

    “I'm concerned that our increasing fractious political process, particularly with respect to federal spending, is threatening our ability to properly defend our nation both in the short term and especially in the long term."

    Dan Coats
    Director of National Intelligence

    “This guide is a much-needed first step toward encouraging politicians to consider all available options for substantive Pentagon reform. Our troops deserve better than broken bureaucracy, and politicians shouldn't fool themselves into thinking that throwing money at the problem is the solution."

    Capt. Dan Grazier, USMC (ret.)
    Project on Government Oversight