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 | 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

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.

Daily News | July 22, 2015

The Pentagon has sent a letter to Congress certifying the Iraqi government has done its part to match at least 40 percent of the $1.6 billion the United States has put toward training and equipping the Iraqi military in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, though those efforts have come under fire on Capitol Hill in recent weeks for a perceived lack of progress.

Daily News | July 21, 2015

Congressional conference committee deliberations continue this week on the proposed fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, though several sources on Capitol Hill indicate that lawmakers are embroiled in heated debates over a handful of contentious issues, including defense acquisition reform, that could push negotiations into next month.

Daily News | July 17, 2015

Alan Estevez, the principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, defended progress the Defense Department has made thus far in improving its acquisition system, arguing that proposed legislation backed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) that seeks to empower military service chiefs at the expense of AT&L officials is disconnected from the realities of running the Pentagon and would impede DOD from properly managing programs.

Daily News | July 16, 2015

The Defense Department is appealing a controversial Senate measure in the proposed fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill that would mandate a 7.5 percent reduction in Pentagon headquarters and administrative staff for FY-16 as part of a 30 percent reduction over the next four years, according to documents obtained by

Daily News | July 16, 2015

The Pentagon, in a formal appeal sent to the conference committee debating the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill, is targeting controversial House legislation that would require the Defense Department's chief weapons tester to ensure his office does not "unnecessarily" increase acquisition program costs or impede schedules, according to documents obtained by

Daily News | July 15, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday he hopes to convince his House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to support his defense acquisition reform measures before the conference report for the proposed National Defense Authorization Act is completed later this week, though the senator remains “very concerned” that President Obama will ultimately veto the bill.

Daily News | July 15, 2015

Pentagon senior leaders are scheduled to convene July 30 to determine a way forward on plans to redirect greater funding toward the Defense Department's space, cyber and nuclear programs in the fiscal year 2017 budget, has learned.

Daily News | July 13, 2015

The Defense Department, in an effort to secure U.S. military superiority into the 21st century, has approved the establishment of a new innovation unit tasked with identifying "leading edge" commercial technologies that exist outside the traditional defense sector, according to a recent memo.

Daily News | July 9, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), who told reporters Thursday he has been "assured repeatedly" that President Obama will veto the proposed fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act unless broader budget compromises can be made with the GOP, also weighed in on the matter of acquisition reform and the dueling visions of defense authorization committee chairmen Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Daily News | July 8, 2015

The Defense Department is seeking permission to reallocate $1.2 million -- a relatively small request in the context of the U.S. military budget -- to advance remedial efforts to improve high-level Pentagon focus on electronic warfare and implement the classified findings of an influential advisory panel that warned improvement in this area is needed.

Daily News | July 8, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is headed to Sun Valley, Idaho, to attend a high-profile media finance conference where he will continue to emphasize the growing need for the Pentagon to partner with cutting-edge technology firms to achieve 21st century battlefield dominance, according to a Defense Department announcement.

Daily News | July 6, 2015

President Obama, who made an unusual trip to the Pentagon on Monday to discuss military strategy with his top national security advisers, did not indicate whether he would veto the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill scheduled to reach his desk later this month, though he guaranteed that no U.S. service member would work without pay.

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