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 | October 22, 2015

President Obama is scheduled to veto the defense authorization bill today, according to his daily schedule released by the White House.

The Insider | October 21, 2015

Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates took Congress to task today for its continued legislative paralysis over the future of the federal budget.

Daily News | October 21, 2015

Former Pentagon chief Bob Gates, who famously cut billions of dollars in modernization programs and rapidly procured fleets of armored trucks outside the Defense Department's traditional acquisition system, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to advise Congress on the future of defense reform.

The Insider | October 20, 2015

The Pentagon announced a host of senior executive service assignments and reassignments today, including that of Zachary Mears, who has been assigned as the deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Daily News | October 20, 2015

After authoring a defense authorization bill with the most comprehensive acquisition reforms in decades, the chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees said Tuesday that fiscal year 2017 would be another banner year for defense reform.

The Insider | October 20, 2015

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) have joined forces to make their final appeal for passage of the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill the White House has said President Obama will veto.

Daily News | October 19, 2015

More than 100 House Republican lawmakers have signed a letter opposing a yearlong continuing resolution, which they say would have "devastating consequences" for national security.

The Insider | October 19, 2015

The Washington defense community is watching the White House this week as Congress prepares to send President Obama a defense authorization bill he has threatened to veto.

Daily News | October 16, 2015

A high-level Pentagon committee is now prioritizing new electronic warfare investments for fiscal year 2017, though any proposals will have to compete for limited resources within the Defense Department's strained budget.

The Insider | October 15, 2015

Highlights from this week's edition of Inside the Pentagon:

Daily News | October 15, 2015

In a significant policy shift, President Obama announced this week that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through "most of 2016," and will maintain 5,500 troops into 2017.

The Insider | October 14, 2015

President Obama notified Congress today that the United States plans to send 300 troops to Cameroon to help the local government combat insurgents affiliated with the extremist group Boko Haram.

Daily News | October 14, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged Wednesday to submit a fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress that will continue funding the training and development of the Afghan military as the Pentagon works with the White House and State Department to craft a new strategy for an enduring presence in Afghanistan.

Daily News | October 14, 2015

The Defense Department, despite ongoing fiscal uncertainty, must pursue new initiatives in a variety of areas, including moving to a "left of launch" posture for missile defense and cyber capabilities, if the United States is to avoid a "strategic surprise" that could have potentially devastating consequences, according to a newly released Defense Science Board report.

Daily News | October 13, 2015

A new bilateral security cooperation statement between the United States and Australia will, among other things, increase opportunities for defense industry engagement and acquisition program teaming, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Daily News | October 9, 2015

The Defense Department is re-tooling its embattled effort to train and equip thousands of Syrian rebels -- which resulted in only a small number of vetted fighters to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- and is now focusing on assisting a much narrower group of "vetted leaders and their units," according to an Oct. 9 statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

The Insider | October 6, 2015

The proposed fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill is moving toward a final Senate vote later this week, clearing a procedural hurdle today required to consider the bill.

Daily News | October 6, 2015

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, said Oct. 6 that he has sent Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work a list of planned program awards for development and production that he believes the Defense Department should consider deferring until a time of greater budget certainty.

Daily News | October 5, 2015

The Defense Department wants to strengthen the linkage between subcontractor profit margin and performance, contending it has already begun doing so for prime contractors, according to a new report released by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

Daily News | October 2, 2015

Though Congress temporarily averted a government shutdown this week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is telling all Defense Department personnel to brace themselves for continued fiscal uncertainty.

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