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 | March 18, 2019

The Defense Department is requesting $22.95 billion for its military intelligence program in fiscal year 2020, which includes base budget funding as well as the Overseas Contingency Operations accounts, according to a Pentagon statement.

The Insider | March 18, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and other senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at conferences in the Washington area this week. Congress is out.

Daily News | March 15, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is threatening to restrict Defense Department budgetary transfer authority as the Pentagon contemplates overturning decades of precedent to reprogram up to $2.5 billion to fund a wall on the southern border.

The Insider | March 14, 2019

The Senate voted 59-41 in favor of a resolution terminating President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, with 12 Republicans breaking ranks and voting with Democrats. Trump tweeted the word "VETO" shortly after the vote. (UPDATED)

Daily News | March 14, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan sought to defend the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget on Capitol Hill today as senators cited the Defense Department for misusing its Overseas Contingency Operations account to circumvent statutory spending caps.

The Insider | March 14, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today said the Pentagon needs a $718 billion budget in fiscal year 2020, partly to address new military investments being made by China.

The Insider | March 13, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Republicans have sent a "views and estimates" letter to the Democrat-led House Budget Committee backing the White House's request for a $750 billion defense budget, arguing it is in line with increases previously supported by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

The Insider | March 13, 2019

A Washington watchdog group has filed a complaint against Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, requesting the Defense Department's inspector general investigate allegations he has improperly favored his former employer Boeing in the awarding of defense contracts.

Daily News | March 13, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he favors a $733 billion topline for defense spending, less than the $750 billion requested by the White House this week.

The Insider | March 12, 2019

Several senior administration officials talked to Inside Defense about acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan's journey to a possible nomination as defense secretary.

Daily News | March 12, 2019

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget request includes a $9.2 billion "emergency fund" for military construction -- most of which is for a new wall on the southern border -- as well as funds to "backfill" projects being deferred to build the wall and funds for hurricane recovery.

Daily News | March 12, 2019

The Pentagon is submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting a $9 billion increase in research, development, test and evaluation dollars for new weapon systems, while procurement funding would decrease by $4.2 billion primarily because of planned cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to budget documents released today.

Daily News | March 12, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan is angling to become permanent Pentagon chief, with his closest supporters highlighting his role in key areas, like navigating internal politics to deliver a final Space Force proposal, helping to engineer billions in budget increases and working to pivot President Trump away from planned troop withdrawals in the Middle East that had initially alarmed military leaders.

The Insider | March 11, 2019

The Trump administration's fiscal year 2020 budget proposes expanding authority to provide foreign military financing loans to boost the sales of U.S. weapons abroad.

Daily News | March 11, 2019

The Pentagon may be submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting $545 billion in base spending and a controversial $164 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account, but government sources said lawmakers will be able to easily move back $98 billion in OCO funds that actually belong in the base budget. (UPDATED)

The Insider | March 11, 2019

The Pentagon will request a $718 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, with a $545 billion base budget, a $164 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account and a $9 billion "emergency fund" meant to "backfill" reprogrammed money for a wall on the southern border and hurricane relief, according to senior government officials.

The Insider | March 11, 2019

The Defense Department is scheduled to submit its budget to Congress this week and senior defense officials will be testifying on Capitol Hill.

The Insider | March 07, 2019

Ben FitzGerald, the Pentagon's former executive director of strategy, data, and design in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, is returning to the Center for a New American Security, according to an announcement from the Washington think tank.

Daily News | March 06, 2019

Democrats and Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee today offered a glimpse into the latest debate brewing over U.S. nuclear weapons, with Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) saying he does not believe the intercontinental ballistic missile leg of the triad is necessary to deter Russia and China.

Daily News | March 06, 2019

The Defense Department is signaling it may break with decades of precedent and reprogram $2.5 billion to build President Trump's wall on the southern border without the approval of Congress, a move lawmakers say could imperil billions in annual budgetary flexibility granted to the Pentagon.

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