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 | July 23, 2012

The Defense Department's chief weapons tester has found that the Joint Tactical Radio System's two-channel Manpack radio is "not operationally effective," according to an internal Pentagon memo obtained by

Daily News | July 17, 2012

After months of delays and jockeying for approval on Capitol Hill, the Army has set a tentative date of August 28 for the release of a formal Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio solicitation, according to a government notice.

Daily News | July 13, 2012

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has approved a move to disband the Joint Tactical Radio System program office and transition oversight of all radio hardware to the services, according to an internal Defense Department memo obtained by

Daily News | July 10, 2012

The Army plans to issue a formal request for proposals for the vehicle-mounted, Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué radio "on or about" Aug. 24, according to a recent government notice.

Daily News | June 28, 2012

A cadre of Army leaders today introduced "Capability Set 13," the service's newest suite of network gear and the first systems to be purchased based on their performance at the Network Integration Evaluation.

The Insider | June 25, 2012

Two Ohio lawmakers announced last week that the Marine Corps plans to keep vital vehicle machinery stationed at the Joint Services Manufacturing Center in Lima, OH, thereby abandoning plans to move the gear to a service-run facility and protecting the combat vehicle industrial base.

Daily News | June 25, 2012

Morocco intends to spend more than $1 billion refurbishing 200 of its M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress last week about the potential foreign military sale.

Daily News | June 21, 2012

The Army's chief weapons tester said today the service's vaunted Network Integration Evaluation construct could be leveraged as a tool to demonstrate the relevance of the ground force as the nation shifts its defense strategy to the Asia-Pacific region.

Daily News | June 18, 2012

The Defense Department recently sent congressional defense committees a $47 million Army reprogramming request that would start the service's Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio program, which is intended to replace the terminated Ground Mobile Radio.

Daily News | June 14, 2012

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has again waded into the tempestuous debate surrounding the Army's Abrams tank industrial base, saying today that lawmakers on his committee sought to strike a balance between funding what the service wants and what industry needs.

The Insider | June 12, 2012

A second Senate hold surfaced today on Heidi Shyu's nomination to become the Army's next acquisition executive, according to a published report.

Daily News | June 11, 2012

The Army's new tentative date to pick up to three contractors to proceed in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition the service is pursuing with the Marine Corps is Aug. 24, although the schedule is still subject to change, according to several industry teams anxiously awaiting a decision.

Daily News | May 14, 2012

The Army is eying plans to reprogram nearly half of its budget for the on-the-move network backbone system known as Warfighter Information Network Tactical Increment 2, a move that might signal a larger shift in the service's equipping strategy, according to officials.

Daily News | May 8, 2012

The Army's plans to downsize its number of heavy brigade combat teams, coupled with the Defense Department's new Asia-Pacific strategy, could weaken the service's case for a new Ground Combat Vehicle or at least lower the required quantity, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Daily News | April 26, 2012

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee has authorized nearly $400 million in unrequested funding increases to programs in the Army's heavy combat vehicle portfolio against the wishes of the service, according to officials and documents.

Daily News | April 24, 2012

More than 170 members of the House of Representatives have signed a bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking that he work with Congress to sustain Abrams tank production in the fiscal year 2013 budget.

Daily News | April 20, 2012

The Army is drafting a plan to accelerate the acquisition of the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle, eying the release of a request for proposals as much as a year earlier than previously planned in a bid to expedite the modernization of the M113 fleet for the service's heavy brigade combat teams, acco

Daily News | April 12, 2012

One of the Army's chief modernizers said today he expects the service will soon approve the earliest initiatives to emerge from the ongoing “force mix/force design” study expected to significantly impact the future of the ground force.

Daily News | March 28, 2012

AM General, the armored vehicle contractor poised to suffer most should it lose the contract for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, announced today it had submitted a second, independent bid for the program.

Daily News | March 26, 2012

BAE Systems shook the defense industry today when, on the eve of the deadline to enter the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contest, the company announced its team would begin a relationship with Ford Motor. Co. with an eye toward the future.

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