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 | August 19, 2019

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak in the Washington area this week. Congress remains on August recess.

Daily News | August 19, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of a $116 billion Defense Department account outside the purview of the military services, stoking concern that officials will search for savings in civilian-led corners of the Pentagon already picked clean by previous efficiency initiatives.

The Insider | August 15, 2019

The Defense Department made $965 million in improper travel payments between fiscal years 2016 and 2018 and should do more to strengthen its actions to reduce such payments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The Insider | August 12, 2019

The Pentagon's chief technology official is slated to speak at a think tank event this week. Meanwhile, Congress remains in recess.

The Insider | August 07, 2019

The Defense Business Board is having a closed meeting at the Pentagon today to discuss a range of strategic planning and modernization issues with senior defense officials, including a classified briefing with the chief of the secretive Office of Net Assessment.

Daily News | July 29, 2019

The Army's "Night Court" process cut $25 billion from legacy weapon systems to spend more on emerging technologies, with $15 billion coming from program eliminations and reductions detailed in documents obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | July 29, 2019

Federal employees at the National Background Investigation Bureau were notified today their office will be realigned from the Office of Personnel and Management to the Defense Department's Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency on Sept. 29.

The Insider | July 29, 2019

Two major Pentagon nominations are scheduled to be considered this week, while large defense contractors hold a series of earnings calls.

The Insider | July 25, 2019

The confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. John Hyten, tapped be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to for Tuesday, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Insider | July 25, 2019

The House today voted 284-149 to pass a two-year bipartisan budget deal that would set total defense spending at $738 billion for fiscal year 2020 and $740.5 billion for FY-21, essentially ending the decade-long caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

The Insider | July 25, 2019

The Senate voted 89-1 today to confirm Army Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Daily News | July 24, 2019

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee who helped guide past budget deals to significantly boost defense spending, said today he supports the latest two-year budget compromise reached by the White House and Congress, even though it provides $12 billion less for the Pentagon than he thinks necessary.

The Insider | July 23, 2019

Mark Esper, whom the Senate confirmed as defense secretary today in an overwhelming, bipartisan 90-8 vote, has sent a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pledging to recuse himself from any decisions about a proposed merger between Raytheon, his former employer, and United Technologies.

The Insider | July 23, 2019

President Trump this week authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to strengthen the U.S. industrial and supply chain for rare earth elements.

Daily News | July 23, 2019

The new two-year budget agreement means the Defense Department will absorb about $580 billion in reductions between fiscal years 2012 and 2021, far less than the $1 trillion worst-case scenario that originally loomed as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, but still substantial reductions compared to plans set by U.S. military leaders in 2011.

The Insider | July 23, 2019

The Senate today confirmed Mark Esper as the next defense secretary by a 90-8 vote.

Daily News | July 22, 2019

A new, two-year bipartisan budget deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans and Democrats would set total defense spending for fiscal year 2020 at $738 billion, $12 billion short of the $750 billion sought by the White House and GOP, according to government sources.

The Insider | July 22, 2019

The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the nomination of Army Secretary Mark Esper to become defense secretary, while a nomination hearing has been scheduled for Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist to become deputy defense secretary. Top defense contractors will also hold a host of earnings calls.

The Insider | July 18, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to report the nominations of Army Secretary Mark Esper, picked to be defense secretary, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, chosen to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the full Senate.

The Insider | July 18, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a July 24 nomination hearing for David Norquist, who has been selected to serve as the Pentagon's deputy defense secretary.

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