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 22, 2024

The House voted 286-134 to pass a massive $1.2 trillion, six-bill appropriations package that includes about $824 billion for the Defense Department.

The Insider | March 22, 2024

President Biden intends to nominate Michael Sulmeyer to be the assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, according to a White House announcement.

Daily News | March 22, 2024

The chief of U.S. Central Command has sent Congress a $450 million fiscal year 2025 unfunded priorities list, keying the need for counter-drone capabilities, but also reminding lawmakers that he still needs $2.4 billion that is included in a supplemental spending bill that has stalled in the House, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 21, 2024

The Senate Armed Services Committee today voted 14-10 to advance the nomination of Melissa Dalton to be Air Force under secretary.

Daily News | March 21, 2024

After months of partisan haggling, Congress has released a final fiscal year 2024 appropriations package that would provide $320 billion for defense modernization, funds some aid to Ukraine, backs multiyear buys for several critical munitions and injects nearly $1 billion into the Defense Innovation Unit, according to documents released by lawmakers.

Daily News | March 20, 2024

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today that she is comfortable being the senior-most visible Pentagon official charged with bringing the department's new Replicator program across the finish line, even if it means her own reputation is at stake.

Daily News | March 20, 2024

U.S. Southern Command has sent Congress a list identifying $322 million in unfunded priorities for fiscal year 2025, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 19, 2024

Inside Defense is obtaining the fiscal year 2025 unfunded priorities lists that the U.S. military is required by law to send Congress.

Daily News | March 19, 2024

U.S. Northern Command and U.S. North American Aerospace and Defense Command have sent Congress an unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2025 totaling less than $35 million for "foundational IT," according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 19, 2024

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has sent Congress a list that identifies $11 billion in "unfunded priorities," including a range of weapon systems, munitions, sensors and military construction projects, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 19, 2024

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has released a "National Security Innovation Base Report Card” that, citing ongoing congressional dysfunction, has given the U.S. government the grade of an “F-” for failing to provide the Defense Department and private sector with the predictability of timely and stable funding.

Daily News | March 18, 2024

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today that he would be open to possibly breaking the budget caps set by a two-year spending deal if House Republicans fail to pass a supplemental spending package to aid Ukraine and replenish U.S. weapons that have been transferred there.

The Insider | March 18, 2024

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several congressional committee hearings this week. Meanwhile, Congress has until midnight Friday to avert a partial government shutdown.

Daily News | March 14, 2024

The Pentagon's secretive Strategic Capabilities Office wants to spend about $1 billion managing 20 classified prototyping programs focused on developing new weapons technology to aid U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in its mission to counter China's increasingly modernized military, according to recently released budget documents.

Daily News | March 12, 2024

The Defense Department, tapping savings from several Army contracts covering ammunition and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, is preparing to make a $300 million weapons transfer to Ukraine even as Congress remains stalled over a proposed supplemental appropriation needed to replenish U.S. stocks.

Daily News | March 11, 2024

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today that the Pentagon's plan for fiscal year 2025 has found a "smart, responsible" way to absorb billions in cuts stemming from a two-year congressional deal but stressed that growth will be needed in the coming years to counter Chinese military modernization.

Daily News | March 11, 2024

The Pentagon, which had to absorb a $10 billion cut to its previously projected topline thanks to a two-year congressional budget deal, is cutting its requested modernization investment for fiscal year 2025 -- which includes its procurement and research and development accounts -- by $4.3 billion below what it sought in FY-24.

The Insider | March 11, 2024

The White House is scheduled to submit the fiscal year 2025 defense budget request to Congress this week. Senior defense officials will also testify on Capitol Hill.

The Insider | March 8, 2024

The Defense Department has established a new “warfighter senior integration group” to focus on the “urgent and growing threat posed by uncrewed weapon systems,” according to chief Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder.

Daily News | March 8, 2024

The Defense Department's fledgling Office of Strategic Capital has released its first investment strategy intended to "catalyze" private investment in technology industries deemed critical to national security.

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