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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Daily News | November 15, 2018

Though the Defense Department failed to receive a “clean” opinion from auditors who examined more than $2.7 trillion in DOD assets, Pentagon officials say the historic undertaking has provided valuable information that will improve military readiness and cybersecurity.

The Insider | November 15, 2018

The Defense Department plans to reduce the 7,200 U.S. troops in Africa by about 10 percent as part of a “realignment” of counterterrorism forces and a renewed focus on global competitions with China and Russia, according to an announcement from the Pentagon.

The Insider | November 15, 2018

The Pentagon, as long expected, has failed its first-ever audit, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, who said the department is still making steady progress in business reforms.

Daily News | November 15, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today the Pentagon estimates the cost to establish a new and separate Space Force could be less than $5 billion, despite earlier predictions from the Air Force that it could cost $13 billion over five years.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today came out in favor of a $733 billion total defense topline, putting him at odds with the White House, which has directed the Pentagon to plan for a $700 billion topline.

The Insider | November 14, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the panel's ranking Democrat, made new appointments today to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), expected to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said today he is considering negotiations with GOP defense hawks that could increase defense spending on conventional capabilities in exchange for cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Daily News | November 13, 2018

The Pentagon is revising its guidance to program managers on the use of lowest priced, technically acceptable contracts, according to information it provided to the Government Accountability Office.

The Insider | November 13, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to Texas tomorrow to meet with troops deployed along the southwest border, according to a statement from the Pentagon.

The Insider | November 12, 2018

Congress returns this week to hold hearings on cyber issues, while senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at several events around the Washington area.

The Insider | November 09, 2018

Pentagon Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson has resigned, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

The Insider | November 08, 2018

A large lobbying arm of the defense industry is posturing itself to oppose planned cuts to defense spending directed by the Trump administration and favored by some newly empowered Democrats.

Daily News | November 07, 2018

Democrats reclaimed a majority in the House last night, ousting GOP committee chairmen from perches of influence and tightening the pressure on defense hawks who must now contend with a White House seeking new fiscal restraint and progressive-minded lawmakers ready to cut defense spending.

The Insider | November 07, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made appointments today to a new National Commission on Military Aviation Safety.

The Insider | November 06, 2018

House Democrats surged to victory Tuesday night, according to major media projections, reclaiming a majority for the first time since 2010 and positioning the defense budget for a potential shake-up.

The Insider | November 05, 2018

The future of Congress hangs in the balance as midterm elections are held Tuesday. Meanwhile, several senior defense officials are scheduled to speak around the Washington area this week.

Daily News | November 02, 2018

The Pentagon in the coming year will be able to implement about one-third of the 300 classified policy recommendations in its recent report on the defense industrial base, according to Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Eric Chewning, who helped manage the study. 

Daily News | November 01, 2018

President Trump's proposed cut to the defense budget -- and other discretionary spending -- is necessary to address the skyrocketing deficit, according to national security adviser John Bolton, who said the Pentagon can weather the downturn if it spends its funds more wisely.

Daily News | October 30, 2018

Congress has given the military a new tool to sidestep traditional acquisition system requirements while rapidly prototyping and fielding promising technologies, but the Defense Department is still wrestling with how best to manage the new authority, according to a senior Pentagon official.

The Insider | October 29, 2018

The Pentagon will deploy 5,200 active-duty troops to assist the Department of Homeland Security in "hardening" the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week to help stop a migrant "caravan" of about 3,500 people, according to senior government officials.


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