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.

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The Insider | September 28, 2020

The Senate must pass the House's stopgap continuing resolution by Thursday, or the federal government will shut down. Meanwhile, senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at several different events this week.

Daily News | September 25, 2020

A group representing a range of U.S. companies and industry associations opposes a variety of measures in the House and Senate defense authorization bills, including several provisions that would demand domestic sourcing for U.S. weapons programs and force companies to cut ties with Chinese suppliers.

Daily News | September 23, 2020

An influential Pentagon advisory board is recommending the United States be "more aggressive" with adversaries like China and Russia in non-military "Gray Zone" conflicts that require new capabilities, especially in the cyber realm.

The Insider | September 22, 2020

A senior Pentagon official told lawmakers today the Trump administration has begun planning for the complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.

Daily News | September 21, 2020

The House has filed a stopgap continuing resolution that would extend the period by which contractors can be reimbursed for remaining in a "ready state" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily News | September 21, 2020

House Democrats have crafted a stopgap spending measure that allows the Pentagon an exemption from normal restrictions so it can award contracts for the Navy's first two Columbia-class submarines.

The Insider | September 21, 2020

Senior defense officials are scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill this week and to speak at a think tank conference. Meanwhile, Congress is expected to debate the terms for a stopgap continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded past Sept. 30.

Daily News | September 17, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord say they oppose House legislation that would reduce spending on nuclear weapons and re-structure the way the arsenal is funded.

Daily News | September 16, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today he is preparing plans for a "balanced" future Navy fleet of more than 355 ships that will include manned and unmanned vessels and require a significant increase in shipbuilding funding. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 16, 2020

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.

The Insider | September 15, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee today advanced several key Pentagon nominations to the full Senate for final votes.

The Insider | September 14, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to participate in virtual conferences and congressional hearings this week. Meanwhile, defense company executives are slated to speak during several virtual conferences as well.

Daily News | September 14, 2020

The Pentagon is being pressed by a congressional watchdog to explain its role in recommending to the Treasury Department companies to receive loans from a $17 billion COVID-19 rescue fund.

Daily News | September 10, 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, charged with overseeing a controversial study on the future force structure of the Navy, said today a series of analytical wargames led the Pentagon to develop plans for three notional fleets which he intends to discuss next week with Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Daily News | September 9, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today it may take up to six months to reimburse defense contractors seeking reimbursement for hardships and inefficiencies experienced during the COVD-19 pandemic, but she reiterated that Congress has yet to appropriate any money for the cause.

Daily News | September 9, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today the House and Senate are unlikely to pass a final fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill before the November election.

The Insider | September 9, 2020

The Pentagon expects to complete its final plan for joint military operations in December and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten said today advancements in artificial intelligence will be "key" to transforming warfare.

Daily News | September 8, 2020

The White House is prioritizing the need to fund two Columbia-class submarines and restructure the Space Force in the event lawmakers cannot agree to pass regular appropriations bills and are forced to pass a stopgap spending measure, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | September 3, 2020

The Defense Department, following a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office, intends to begin annual reviews of independent industry research and development projects so they can be better integrated into the U.S. military's technology plans.

Daily News | September 1, 2020

China is "is already ahead of the United States" in shipbuilding, missile technology and integrated air defense systems, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military strength.

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