Tony Bertuca

Tony Bertuca is chief editor of Inside the Pentagon, the flagship publication of InsideDefense, where he focuses on defense budget and acquisition policy. He previously worked for the Sun-Times News Group in his hometown of Chicago, IL, and at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester, NH. Tony has also served as managing editor of Inside the Army. He has a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.

Daily News | February 16, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said this week he is worried that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be unknowingly steered in the wrong budgetary direction by former Obama administration officials at the Pentagon, who, Thornberry asserts, have spent the past several years denying the existence of readiness problems and fighting congressional efforts to increase defense spending.

The Insider | February 16, 2017

The Senate voted 51-49 to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the new chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The Insider | February 16, 2017

Here are a few must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Pentagon.

The Insider | February 15, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said today he will vote against Rep. Mick Mulvaney's (R-SC) nomination to become the next director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget on the grounds that Mulvaney, a prominent deficit hawk, will force the Pentagon into a budget battle.

Daily News | February 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose primary public role in the fledgling Trump administration has been the reassurance of foreign allies, could stand to benefit from the exit of Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, who the White House said was forced from his job by the president after an "erosion" of trust stemming from statements he made about a wiretapped conversation with Russian officials.

The Insider | February 15, 2017

The Senate is set to move forward today with the process to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the next chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget, but a final vote is not expected until Thursday, after 30 hours of debate forced by Democrats who oppose his nomination.

Daily News | February 14, 2017

It will cost $400 billion over the next 10 years to operate, maintain and modernize U.S. nuclear forces, an average of $40 billion annually, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office.

The Insider | February 14, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said today that Michael Flynn's resignation as national security advisor “raises further questions” about the Trump administration's policy toward Russia.

Daily News | February 13, 2017

In an oblique appeal to the Trump administration, the Aerospace Industries Association is touting a "record trade surplus of $90 billion in 2016" and continued support of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

The Insider | February 10, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to travel to NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day -- to "underscore the commitment" of the United States to the alliance and to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a Pentagon statement.

Daily News | February 10, 2017

Key Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees acknowledge the military is facing serious readiness challenges after some unsettling testimony this week from top Pentagon officials, but the lawmakers are not prepared to cast aside their continued insistence that any increase in defense spending be matched with a boost in non-defense priorities.

The Insider | February 10, 2017

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to meet with the Defense Science Board next week to discuss classified national security challenges, according to a Federal Register notice.

The Insider | February 09, 2017

The commander of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan told Senators today that coalition forces are in a "stalemate" with the Taliban, citing a shortage of troops and the Russian government's efforts to undermine U.S. operations.

The Insider | February 08, 2017

Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee today named several new subcommittee ranking members.

The Insider | February 08, 2017

The Defense Department inspector general has found no evidence that former Air Force acquisition official Richard Lombardi, who failed to disclose that his wife had a Northrop Grumman retirement account, participated in or approved any improper acquisition activities involving the company, including the contract award for the Long-Range Strike Bomber, now called the B-21.

Daily News | February 07, 2017

The military service vice chiefs did their part Tuesday in the quest to boost defense spending, telling the House Armed Services Committee that readiness is near all-time lows and, as one admiral put it: "Time is running out."

Daily News | February 06, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) is hopeful the Trump administration will soon send a supplemental spending package that will, among other things, support approximately $15 billion in proposed weapon buys cut from the final version of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Insider | February 06, 2017

President Trump is scheduled to visit U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Command today in Tampa, FL, while congressional defense committees have scheduled a pair of hearings on the state of military readiness.

The Insider | February 02, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Acting South Korean President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn and National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-Jin in Seoul today to reaffirm the importance of United States alliance with their government, according to a statement from the Pentagon.

Daily News | February 02, 2017

The Pentagon has established an official process by which the Defense Department can grant exemptions to President Trump's order to temporarily freeze all federal hiring of civilians.

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