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 | October 19, 2022

Congress has given the Defense Department the authority to realign around $2.3 billion in various unspent appropriations toward priority weapons programs like systems to counter small, unmanned drones as well as toward "must-pay bills" brought on by "inflationary pressure," according to a Pentagon "omnibus" budgetary reprogramming document.

Daily News | October 18, 2022

The White House is not threatening to veto the Senate's version of the fiscal year 2023 defense bill, but it does oppose several provisions related to procurement of major defense weapon systems, according to a new statement of administration policy released by the Office of Management and Budget.

The Insider | October 18, 2022

The Heritage Foundation's annual index of military strength has rated the U.S. military as "weak" when measured against the requirements the conservative think tank says are necessary to win two "major regional conflicts."

Daily News | October 17, 2022

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said the confirmations of more than a dozen Defense Department nominees could remain stalled if Democrats lose their Senate majority next month as the party's focus would be to move as many federal judges as possible before yielding control to the GOP.

The Insider | October 17, 2022

The Defense Department will be sending $725 million in military aid to Ukraine, including additional ammunition for long-range artillery systems.

The Insider | October 17, 2022

Senior government officials are slated to speak in the Washington area this week.

Daily News | October 12, 2022

The White House today released a National Security Strategy that seeks "deeper collaboration" with foreign allies when it comes to developing and producing weapon systems and military technology, a vision made more urgent by the war in Ukraine.

Daily News | October 11, 2022

The annual defense authorization bill was introduced on the Senate floor today with 75 bipartisan amendments attached to it, including six other major authorization bills, though a final vote is not expected until after November's mid-term elections.

The Insider | October 10, 2022

The Association of the United States Army holds its annual conference in Washington this week.

Daily News | October 7, 2022

The Pentagon inspector general's office intends to begin an audit this month looking into the Defense Department's use of "controlled unclassified information" as a justification for restricting information, like what was seen when an annual weapons testing performance report was submitted to Congress earlier this year.

Daily News | October 7, 2022

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is questioning the Defense Department's push to provide inflation relief to defense contractors, sending a new letter to Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante voicing concern that DOD may be preparing to dish out "corporate welfare" without sufficient data to justify the cost.

The Insider | October 6, 2022

Congress has granted the Defense Department authority to reprogram $700 million to pay for increases in the cost of fuel, according to a new Pentagon budget document.

The Insider | October 5, 2022

The Defense Department today released a list of "Chinese military companies" it believes are operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Daily News | October 5, 2022

The defense industry has thrown its support behind a new amendment to the Senate's version of the annual defense authorization bill that would allow the Pentagon to modify existing contracts to grant inflation relief to contractors.

The Insider | October 4, 2022

The United States has authorized a $625 million military aid package for Ukraine that will allow for the immediate transfer of four more High Mobility Advanced Rocket Systems and other weapons, according to the Defense Department.

The Insider | October 3, 2022

Senior defense officials are slated to speak at Washington think tanks this week.

Daily News | September 30, 2022

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante, fresh from a meeting in Brussels this week with national armaments directors from dozens of foreign nations, said today the United States, seeking to bolster long-term support for Ukraine, wants to partner more closely with allies to develop, produce and procure critical weapon systems.

The Insider | September 30, 2022

The House voted 230-201 today to pass a stopgap continuing resolution that would keep the federal government funded through Dec. 16, sending the measure to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

The Insider | September 29, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said today the Senate will not vote on any legislation until Nov. 14, sending lawmakers home to campaign for mid-term elections and delaying passage of the chamber's defense authorization bill.

The Insider | September 29, 2022

The Senate has voted 72-25 to pass a stopgap continuing resolution that would keep the federal government open until Dec. 16 and provide $12.3 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine.

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