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.

Archived Articles
The Insider | March 3, 2023

The Defense Department today announced a new $400 million military aid package for Ukraine that will immediately transfer weapons from U.S. stocks.

The Insider | March 2, 2023

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today released a "message to the force," again centering China as the Pentagon's "pacing challenge," and pledging continued security assistance for Ukraine and Taiwan.

Daily News | March 2, 2023

A key congressional commission tasked with reforming the Pentagon's much-criticized budget planning and programming process today released a "status update" on its ongoing work to understand the challenges facing the 1960s-era system currently in place.

The Insider | March 1, 2023

The Defense Policy Board is scheduled to meet in closed session March 7-8 to hold classified discussions on Pentagon "information operations."

The Insider | March 1, 2023

The Defense Business Board is scheduled to meet at the Pentagon on March 17 to discuss a new study on "building a civilian talent pipeline."

Daily News | February 28, 2023

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who recently released a report on the collapse of the Afghan military, said a special agency similar to SIGAR should be established to oversee the nearly $100 billion in U.S. security and humanitarian support flowing to Ukraine.

Daily News | February 28, 2023

The Defense Department's policy chief said the Biden administration is hesitant to send F-16 aircraft to Ukraine for several reasons, including timing and cost, despite new calls from Congress and requests from Kyiv to do so.

The Insider | February 27, 2023

Senior defense officials are scheduled to appear before Congress this week and are also slated to speak at several think tank events.

Daily News | February 24, 2023

A top State Department official said today the United States has an opportunity to surge foreign military sales, especially to countries seeking to "diversify" their arsenals away from Russian suppliers as Moscow struggles to maintain its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The Insider | February 24, 2023

The Defense Department announced a $2 billion security assistance package to Ukraine today on the one-year anniversary of the ongoing Russian invasion, including additional unmanned drones, counter-drone systems, precision ammunition and electronic warfare detection equipment.

Daily News | February 23, 2023

Amid the release of the Biden administration’s revised arms export policy, three leading defense business associations have sent recommendations to a special Pentagon "tiger team" charged with accelerating the U.S. foreign military sales process, especially for Taiwan, which senior military officials -- alarmed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- have said could be invaded by China in the coming years.

The Insider | February 20, 2023

The Defense Department, coinciding with President Biden’s surprise visit to Ukraine, has announced a $460 million military aid package that includes additional long-range ammunition and Javelin anti-tank weapons.

The Insider | February 20, 2023

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several public events in the Washington area this week.

Daily News | February 17, 2023

A group of influential Washington analysts is inviting Pentagon and Capitol Hill insiders to convene at the right-leaning Heritage Foundation next week to discuss ways to "reprioritize" the nation's $858 billion defense budget ahead of what promises to be a bruising congressional debate likely to again pit defense hawks against deficit hawks.

Daily News | February 16, 2023

The White House is planning to send Congress a defense budget request on March 9, but government officials say it won't contain many key programmatic details that will be released later.

Daily News | February 15, 2023

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) recently returned from Poland and Romania where he and other lawmakers went to conduct oversight of U.S. aid being sent to Ukraine, coming away with what he said is a "clear understanding of the various safeguards" that have been put in place to ensure donated weapons are tracked and accounted for.

The Insider | February 15, 2023

The Senate Appropriations Committee today released the final roster for its defense subcommittee, with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) remaining chair and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) serving as the new ranking member.

The Insider | February 14, 2023

Billions of dollars in donated weapons, including armored combat vehicles and long-range artillery, are making their way to Ukraine in time for a possible "spring offensive" against Russian military positions, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Insider | February 13, 2023

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several public events this week in Washington.

The Insider | February 10, 2023

The United States has shot down an unmanned, airborne "object" flying at 40,000 feet off the coast of Alaska after it was detected by the military because President Biden deemed it a threat to civilian aircraft, according to the Pentagon.

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