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 | July 10, 2020

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | July 7, 2020

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is poised to consider a fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill that funds Pentagon modernization to the tune of $244.7 billion, but also sets the stage for confrontation with the White House over the border wall and the names of military bases.

Daily News | July 6, 2020

The Pentagon’s chief pricing official has issued new guidance to acquisition program managers on how to assess the costs and impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on defense contractors, noting that additional funding has not yet been appropriated by Congress to reimburse companies for pandemic-related hardships or delays.

The Insider | July 6, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak publicly this week about the future of defense spending and the military's role in recent protests.

The Insider | July 2, 2020

Navy Comptroller Thomas Harker has been tapped to served as acting Defense Department comptroller now that Elaine McCusker has resigned, according to the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

The Insider | July 2, 2020

The Senate plans to vote on the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill when Congress returns from the July 4 recess, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

The Insider | July 2, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee last night voted 56-0 to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

Daily News | July 1, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee has joined Senate lawmakers in adopting a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill measure that would eliminate the Pentagon's chief management officer position.

Daily News | June 30, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he believes the Defense Department does not require supplemental funding to reimburse defense contractors for coronavirus-related hardships, despite the Pentagon acquisition chief's call for "low double-digit billions.

The Insider | June 30, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are slated to testify before the committee July 9 on the military's response to recent protests.

Daily News | June 29, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee is displeased by the lack of transparency in the Pentagon's Defense-Wide Review, an internal efficiency initiative Defense Secretary Mark Esper says has freed up $5.7 billion to be invested in military modernization and readiness.

The Insider | June 29, 2020

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today he is optimistic that the panel's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill will have the support of many House GOP members, unlike last year when none of them voted for it.

The Insider | June 29, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee is slated to consider its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill this week, while the full Senate may vote on its version of the bill. Meanwhile, senior Pentagon officials plan to participate in several online events.

The Insider | June 25, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he supports the burgeoning fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill being offered by the panel's Democratic majority, increasing the legislation's chances of bipartisan passage.

The Insider | June 25, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved a request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security that would authorize the deployment of 4,000 U.S. military personnel at the southern border beginning in October, with more of the force coming from the National Guard.

Daily News | June 25, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is proposing a $3.5 billion plan to deter the Chinese military and reassure U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific region, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | June 24, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would repeal a previous provision requiring large defense contractors to reimburse the Pentagon for the cost of processing losing bid protests.

Daily News | June 23, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would "terminate" the position of the Pentagon's chief management officer, a post lawmakers once intended to be the third-most senior official at the Defense Department.

Daily News | June 22, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the defense industrial base is making an "enormous recovery" after a three-month slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but she stressed the continued need for supplemental funding in the "lower double-digit" billions to reimburse contractors for pandemic-related disruptions.

The Insider | June 22, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee this week will begin the process of marking up its annual defense authorization bill.

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