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.

The Insider | June 26, 2017

The week ahead features several key legislative events, with the House and Senate Armed Services Committees drafting their versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill.

Daily News | June 25, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of its fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill Sunday night that would boost weapons procurement by $18.6 billion above what is sought by the Trump administration and $24 billion more than what was enacted in FY-17.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The House Armed Services Committee will propose fiscal year 2018 legislation that authorizes $621 billion for the base defense budget and $75 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, of which $10 billion would be used for base spending, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Inside Defense. 

Daily News | June 22, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday that, barring a multiyear spending deal, he will approve legislation Wednesday that would propose authorizing $640 billion in base defense spending and $65 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Daily News | June 22, 2017

The rough draft of the defense topline for fiscal year 2018 is significantly higher than the figure sought by the Trump administration, though negotiations continue and a partisan budget battle remains likely, according to multiple sources inside three separate House committees.

The Insider | June 21, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said after a high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday that both nations are not doomed to conflict and continue to share the goal of a de-nuclearized North Korea.

Daily News | June 21, 2017

The House Armed Services Committee is set to authorize a defense spending increase beyond what the Trump administration has proposed for fiscal year 2018 when the committee drafts its version of the defense authorization bill next week, and will likely do so as the GOP remains mired in negotiations over a broader budgetary blueprint.

Daily News | June 20, 2017

The House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee has put forth legislation that would transition the Pentagon's developmental hypersonic weapons programs to the military and increase U.S. cyber operations with NATO.

The Insider | June 20, 2017

The confirmation hearing for Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive under consideration to become the next deputy defense secretary, got off to a rocky start today when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) threatened to block his path if he continued to "duck" questions on the threat posed by Russia.

The Insider | June 19, 2017

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been nominated to become deputy commander at U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Pentagon announcement.

The Insider | June 19, 2017

President Trump intends to nominate John Gibson, the president and chief executive of XCOR Aerospace, to serve as the Defense Department's next deputy chief management officer.

The Insider | June 19, 2017

The week ahead features confirmation hearings for the nominees to become deputy defense secretary and Navy secretary. The House Armed Services Committee will also begin the mark-up of its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill.

The Insider | June 16, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not yet decided how many additional U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan, despite a recent media report that he will recommend an increase of 4,000 as early as next week.

Daily News | June 16, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told House defense appropriators Thursday they should use the military's $32 billion unfunded priorities lists as a guide if they are able to increase the Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 topline above the level sought by the Trump administration.

The Insider | June 15, 2017

Richard Spencer, President Trump's nominee to become the next Navy secretary, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee next Thursday.

The Insider | June 14, 2017

Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan is scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be considered as the next deputy defense secretary.

Daily News | June 13, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress this week he wants to boost defense spending by as much as 5 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2023, though partisan politics may block his path.

Daily News | June 13, 2017

A new Government Accountability Office capstone report on the Defense Department pulls together audit work from the past five years and highlights key readiness and budget challenges facing the military under a new presidential administration.

The Insider | June 13, 2017

The Pentagon is requesting a military intelligence program budget of $20.7 billion for fiscal year 2018, an increase above the $16.8 billion it requested for FY-17, though Congress enacted $18.5 billion for FY-17.

Daily News | June 12, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asked Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and pledged to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

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