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 | September 2, 2015

A wide-ranging speech given Wednesday by Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, provided updates to a variety of ongoing initiatives including cybersecurity, the Long Range Research and Development Plan and the new oversight system being crafted for services contracts.

Daily News | August 31, 2015

The Army is spending between $6 billion and $7 billion per year in its overseas contingency operations account on "enduring" expenses that would normally be funded in its base budget, according to an executive summary of the service's fiscal year 2017-2021 program objective memorandum, obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | August 28, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled Friday to announce the Obama administration's plans to award a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies, universities and nonprofits led by the FlexTech Alliance based in Silicon Valley, according to a Defense Department statement.

Daily News | August 27, 2015

Defense industry advocates are far more supportive of Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall's new proposal to manage the Defense Department's independent research and development funding than they were of his initial effort to strengthen governmental oversight of the process.

Daily News | August 27, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking Thursday to Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA, previewed his pending trip to a new defense innovation unit in Silicon Valley, where he is scheduled to announce a "major economic initiative" on Friday.

Daily News | August 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office is recommending that the Pentagon update its portfolio review process to remedy what auditors consider to be a "fragmented" management system that suffers from the absence of "sustained leadership and policy," according to an Aug. 27 report.

Daily News | August 19, 2015

The Pentagon is reviewing all defense-related prototyping and experimentation facilities in the hopes of more tightly integrating the science and technology community with acquisition programs.

Daily News | August 19, 2015

The Pentagon's new push to increase unmanned combat air patrols will require that private contractors fly 10 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions on a daily basis around the globe, according to a recent statement from the Defense Department.

Daily News | August 12, 2015

Following the award of a massive Pentagon electronic health records program to Leidos, no protests have been filed, allowing the contractor to move forward with the initiative.

Daily News | August 12, 2015

The Pentagon's Long Range Research and Development Plan is complete and is currently influencing budget strategy for fiscal year 2017, though public release of the hotly anticipated report, initially expected in July, is now scheduled for sometime this fall, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Daily News | August 11, 2015

The White House notified Congress this week that President Obama intends to exempt all military personnel accounts from the mandatory spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act should full sequestration be triggered in fiscal year 2016. The exemption would then prompt larger cuts to non-exempt accounts.

Daily News | August 10, 2015

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has sent the military services its final list of proposals for the largest personnel overhaul the Pentagon has seen since the 1970s, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Daily News | August 7, 2015

The Pentagon is set to implement a new oversight and review structure for the acquisition of services as soon as this month, according to a top Defense Department official.

Daily News | August 5, 2015

The Pentagon is in the process of compiling a final list of acquisition programs to become pilot "Skunk Works" initiatives aimed at accelerating the Defense Department's acquisition cycles and eliminating the current, document-based approach, according to DOD.

Daily News | August 5, 2015

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall made a trip to Silicon Valley this week to visit a newly established unit charged with identifying emerging commercial technologies that could benefit defense.

Daily News | August 4, 2015

The U.S. nuclear arsenal will require a total of $704 billion between fiscal years 2015 and 2039, with annual costs expected to rise most significantly from $17 billion in FY-15 to $34 billion in FY-29, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Daily News | July 29, 2015

All the military services have responded to a call from the Pentagon comptroller's office seeking lists of acquisition programs that would be adversely affected should Congress remain mired in budgetary gridlock and pass only a stopgap spending measure, according to Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Defense Department spokesman.

Daily News | July 28, 2015

Thursday's planned senior leadership conference run by Defense Secretary Ash Carter will be aimed at getting the Pentagon's arms around budgetary challenges ahead in fiscal year 2017, specifically with regard to new investments in innovative technologies, according to Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's acquisition chief.

Daily News | July 24, 2015

The Congressional Research Service has found that contractor bid protests filed with the Government Accountability Office have increased 45 percent over the past six years as total government spending fell 25 percent, but CRS notes Defense Department contracts are the exception to the rule, according to a report obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | July 24, 2015

Conference committee debate on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act  is scheduled to slip into September, though a compromise has emerged between House and Senate negotiators on the future of acquisition reform, according to sources on Capitol Hill.

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