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 | April 12, 2023

A think-tank commission composed of former high-level Pentagon officials has released a report intended to provide the Defense Department and Congress with actionable reforms meant to accelerate the adoption of innovative commercial technologies to compete with China.

Daily News | April 11, 2023

The Defense Department has released new details about its plans to use "large lot procurement" to buy several missile systems that are slated for multiyear contracts and have been deemed critical to potentially aiding Taiwan in a possible conflict with China, according to budget documents submitted to Congress.

Daily News | April 10, 2023

The Pentagon is preparing to move out on policy recommendations governing how defense contractors are paid, including revising progress payment rates for large companies that were made more generous at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a long-awaited financing study released today.

Daily News | April 7, 2023

Inside the Pentagon, a small team of experts is preparing to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on options for addressing the future of warfare amid rapid technological change, which could lead to the creation of a new “Joint Futures Command.”

The Insider | April 4, 2023

Doug Beck, previously the vice president of Apple, has been named to be the next director of the Defense Innovation Unit, which will now report directly to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a Pentagon announcement.

The Insider | April 4, 2023

The Defense Department today announced a $2.6 billion security assistance package for Ukraine, including additional ammunition, artillery rounds, air defense interceptors and anti-armor systems as well as other weapons.

Daily News | April 3, 2023

Northrop Grumman today announced it is partnering with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Crescent Systems, Inc. and Long Wave Inc. to compete for an upcoming contract to modernize the Navy's new nuclear command, control and communications aircraft.

The Insider | April 3, 2023

The Philippines and the United States today announced the locations of four new sites where U.S. military forces will be based.

The Insider | April 3, 2023

The Navy League's Sea Air Space Exposition will be held this week, along with other key events in the Washington area featuring senior Pentagon officials.

The Insider | March 30, 2023

The Senate has voted 63-27 to confirm Laura Taylor-Kale to be an assistant secretary of defense for industrial base policy.

The Insider | March 30, 2023

The Defense Department has launched a new website to accompany its long-running "Hack the Pentagon" program.

Daily News | March 29, 2023

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said today the Defense Department is preparing to stand up a new joint futures "command" or "entity" sometime this summer to focus on military innovation.

Daily News | March 28, 2023

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin supports an ongoing effort by some lawmakers to repeal a law requiring that military leaders send annual "unfunded priorities lists" to Congress outside the regular budget submission, according to a new letter from Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord. (UPDATED)

The Insider | March 28, 2023

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted today to advance the nominations of two key Pentagon officials.

Daily News | March 27, 2023

The Army has sent Congress a $1.9 billion unfunded priorities list, highlighting unmet needs for more than two dozen different programs, including the Abrams tank, according to a document viewed by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 27, 2023

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress an $847 million unfunded priorities list, naming a cybersecurity initiative as its top unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 24, 2023

The Navy has sent Congress a $2.5 billion list of unfunded priorities, highlighting $45.3 million for development of the "Maritime Targeting Cell Afloat" as its No. 1 unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 24, 2023

The Air Force has sent Congress a list of $2.4 billion in unfunded priorities, citing the accelerated delivery of the E-7 aircraft as its top unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 23, 2023

U.S. Africa Command has sent Congress a list of $397 million in unfunded priorities, citing the need to establish a "persistent presence" in Somalia to counter violent extremist organizations, "assure freedom of navigation through the Bab al Mandab sea-lane and monitor the expanding Chinese presence in Djibouti," according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 23, 2023

House Appropriations defense subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) said today he intends to work to increase the fiscal year 2024 defense budget, demonstrating the challenges many Republicans will have as some in their party look to slash federal spending.

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