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 | July 24, 2023

Senior defense officials, lawmakers and think tank analysts are scheduled to speak at several events around Washington this week, while various defense contractors discuss their quarterly earnings.

The Insider | July 21, 2023

President Biden announced his intent to nominate several top Navy officials today, including Adm. Lisa Franchetti to be the first woman to serve as chief of naval operations. She currently serves as the vice chief.

The Insider | July 21, 2023

Today’s INSIDER Daily Digest starts off with a Pentagon move to restrict auxiliary ship equipment purchases, a warning from the Army secretary, a hold on DOD reprogrammings that is causing headaches, and aircraft news involving the Navy’s F-18 and the Joint Strike Fighter program.

Daily News | July 20, 2023

The Defense Department has told the Government Accountability Office it will consider tailoring some of its acquisition pathways to account for "agile" software development after a GAO report found that DOD lacks policy guidance in that area.

The Insider | July 20, 2023

The Senate Armed Services Committee today approved the nominations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown, who has been picked to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Army Vice Chief Gen. Randy George, who has been selected to be the service's next chief of staff.

Daily News | July 19, 2023

The Senate voted to adopt more than 50 non-controversial amendments in its version of the fiscal year 2024 defense authorization bill, including one that would give military service secretaries greater authority to kick-start prototype weapon systems.

The Insider | July 19, 2023

The Senate has begun voting on its version of the annual defense authorization bill, beginning today with the consideration of various amendments.

The Insider | July 19, 2023

The Defense Department intends to fund a $1.3 billion military aid package that will procure weapons from defense contractors to be sent to Ukraine, including air defense systems and critical munitions.

The Insider | July 19, 2023

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today the panel has been briefed by the Defense Department on the legality of its policies that provide paid leave and reimbursed travel expenses for U.S. servicemembers seeking abortions, a matter at the center of Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-AL) ongoing blockade of hundreds of DOD nominees and promotions.

Daily News | July 18, 2023

The Defense Innovation Board met today and reached the unanimous conclusion that the Pentagon suffers from a "culture of obstruction" that is blocking the adoption of cutting-edge technologies needed to compete with China.

The Insider | July 18, 2023

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today the United States intends to continue sending combat vehicles to Ukraine as the ongoing counteroffensive against dug-in Russian forces proceeds more slowly than initially projected.

Daily News | July 17, 2023

The Pentagon is seeking public input for how it could potentially accelerate payments to defense suppliers and subcontractors following the release of a comprehensive contract finance study.

The Insider | July 17, 2023

The United States is sending a naval destroyer and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and F-16 fighter jets to the Strait of Hormuz to monitor the waterway after several "alarming" actions from Iran, according to the Pentagon.

The Insider | July 17, 2023

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak around the Washington area this week.

The Insider | July 14, 2023

The House voted 219-210 to pass the annual defense authorization bill today, with most Democrats voting against the legislation because they believed, as some said, it had become an "ode to bigotry and ignorance" after the inclusion of several GOP-backed amendments.

The Insider | July 13, 2023

President Biden has signed an executive order naming Operation Atlantic Resolve a "contingency operation" and giving U.S. European Command new authorities, including the ability to call up 3,000 reservists to "augment" U.S. military presence in Europe.

Daily News | July 13, 2023

Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee today voiced frustration at the Defense Department's inability to pass a financial audit and, in their stated view, adequately defend itself from accusations of arrogance and incompetence amid ongoing votes to authorize nearly $900 billion in national defense spending.

The Insider | July 13, 2023

The House Rules Committee has approved 360 amendments to the annual defense authorization bill that will be considered for votes on the floor, including politically controversial measures Democrats say would keep them from supporting the legislation.

The Insider | July 12, 2023

The House Rules Committee last night voted to partly advance debate on the annual defense authorization bill, though the legislation cannot proceed to a floor vote without additional consideration of politically controversial amendments championed by GOP conservatives.

Daily News | July 11, 2023

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown, who has been nominated to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators today he believes the Pentagon needs to commit to more multiyear procurement deals to build the weapon stockpiles necessary to aid Ukraine and Taiwan.

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