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 | 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.

Daily News | March 26, 2012

Navistar Defense will be flying solo in its bid for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, separating from its former partner on the project, BAE Systems, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Daily News | March 22, 2012

The Army's chief of programs this morning sought to assuage concerned industry officials who fear that the service's declining resources will sap the nation's defense industrial base.

Daily News | March 14, 2012

Abrams tank contractor General Dynamics Land Systems is pitching a proposal on Capitol Hill that calls for lawmakers to insert more than $180 million in unrequested funding into the Army's fiscal year 2013 budget to protect industrial capacity at a plant in Lima, OH, though the service does not want it, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Daily News | March 6, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments today released a report on the future challenges in military vehicle modernization, recommending that the Army and Marine Corps find ways to make do amid an environment of fiscal austerity.

Daily News | March 1, 2012

Unlike many lawmakers from both parties on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the panel's ranking member, isn't outright hostile to the Army's proposed procurement holiday for the Abrams tank, Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle programs, though he said today that he would like to strike a balance to preserve core industrial base capabilities.

Daily News | February 24, 2012

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said this week that while current plans call for the service to eliminate eight brigade combat teams, leaving a total of 37, officials are discussing the possibility of cutting the number of BCTs to as few as 32.

Daily News | February 21, 2012

The Army issued a sources-sought notice today for a single-channel, vehicle-mounted radio capable of running the Soldier Radio Waveform, the service's first procurement action resulting from its Network Integration Evaluation and the so-called "Agile Process."

Daily News | February 16, 2012

A California congressman is upset that the schedule for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program won't be changed to accommodate a bid by Ford Motor Co., a subject he may broach with Army leaders on Friday.

Daily News | February 14, 2012

The Pentagon today rolled out a defense budget request for fiscal year 2013 that includes $185 billion for the Army, announcing program terminations expected to be worth $4.7 billion over the next five years.

Daily News | February 10, 2012

A Defense Department decision to overlook the superior design of candidate Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in favor of technically acceptable bids with the lowest price played a key role in prompting the Ford Motor Co., an industrial giant interested in bringing its engineering and global logistics capabilities back to the military, to walk away from the competition, according to officials familiar with the company's thinking.

Daily News | February 6, 2012

Ford Motor Co. will not pursue a bid for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle being developed by the Army and Marine Corps due to time line concerns, according to a company spokesman.

Daily News | January 27, 2012

A bid protest in the Ground Combat Vehicle program will lead to a one-year delay as well as a $1.7 billion cut over five years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said today.

Daily News | January 26, 2012

The Army has released a request for proposals for the next phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a key step for the program as it progresses to the next stage.

Daily News | January 25, 2012

The Army will request $300 million in fiscal year 2013 to pay for depot work to recapitalize 10,000 up-armored humvees -- a move that effectively pivots the service away from plans for competitive recapitalization of the vehicle, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Daily News | January 25, 2012

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno today laid out the Army's top modernization priorities and sought to define the service's new role in light of the Pentagon's fresh focus on the Asia-Pacific region, announcing the creation of a trilateral partnership between his office and the ministers of defense from Japan and South Korea.

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