Dear President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers around the country, we wish to congratulate you on your election as the 46th President and 49th Vice President of the United States. Though we may not agree on all the important tax, spending, or regulatory matters that will confront our nation in the years to come, we also hope to find possible areas of compromise and cooperation in the work that lies ahead.

One such area is Pentagon spending. Though conventional wisdom holds that conservatives support increasing defense budgets from year to year, our organizations have long track records of closely scrutinizing the massive budgets and bureaucracies at the Department of Defense (DoD). We regularly press Members of Congress in both parties, DoD, and the White House on Pentagon budget reform efforts. As you continue the transition of power and examine the state of various federal agencies, we ask that you pay special attention to and offer extra scrutiny of the Pentagon as well as its nearly $700-billion budget.

To that end, we would commend to your attention and that of your DoD Agency Review Team the following initiatives and efforts:

Many of the undersigned organizations have also developed specific recommendations for weapons systems, personnel, logistics, and other areas of the military that could also be of some assistance to you in your deliberations. We would welcome the opportunity to further discuss such recommendations with you.

We appreciate the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to working across the political aisle and the ideological spectrum, and we hope to work with you further on spending and budget reform efforts. It is critical that the Pentagon, the nation’s largest bureaucracy, consistently deliver efficient results for taxpayers. We believe that DoD is currently falling short in a number of ways, and we believe the reforms above could put the department on a better path forward. Thank you for your consideration of our requests.


National Taxpayers Union

Citizens Against Government Waste


R Street Institute

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

CC:      Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Team Lead, Department of Defense Agency Review Team

Members of the Biden-Harris Department of Defense Agency Review Team

The Honorable Adam Smith, Chairman of House Armed Services Committee (HASC)

The Honorable Mac Thornberry, Ranking Member of HASC

The Honorable James Inhofe, Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)

The Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking Member of SASC

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