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 28, 2015

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's top acquisition official, said today the Defense Department will review Lockheed Martin's planned $9 billion purchase of Sikorsky.

The Insider | July 24, 2015

The week ahead is dominated by defense contractors earnings calls, a Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing for the next chief of naval operations and a (scheduled) senior leadership conference at the Pentagon.

Daily News | July 24, 2015

The Congressional Research Service has found that contractor bid protests filed with the Government Accountability Office have increased 45 percent over the past six years as total government spending fell 25 percent, but CRS notes Defense Department contracts are the exception to the rule, according to a report obtained by

Daily News | July 24, 2015

Conference committee debate on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act  is scheduled to slip into September, though a compromise has emerged between House and Senate negotiators on the future of acquisition reform, according to sources on Capitol Hill.

The Insider | July 23, 2015

The Pentagon released a report today detailing the findings of its investigation into how live samples of anthrax were inadvertently sent from a Defense Department lab to 86 locations worldwide.

The Insider | July 23, 2015

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted today to report 559 military nominations to the full Senate, including the nominations of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force Gen. Darren McDew to be head of U.S. Transportation Command.

The Insider | July 22, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met today with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince ‎and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman to reassure the Saudis that the United States remained committed to their security in the wake of a historic nuclear deal with Iran, according to a Pentagon statement.

Daily News | July 22, 2015

The Pentagon has sent a letter to Congress certifying the Iraqi government has done its part to match at least 40 percent of the $1.6 billion the United States has put toward training and equipping the Iraqi military in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, though those efforts have come under fire on Capitol Hill in recent weeks for a perceived lack of progress.

The Insider | July 21, 2015

The Pentagon announced today that a key al-Qaeda veteran and leader of the Khorasan Group was killed in a July 8 "kinetic strike" in Syria.

The Insider | July 21, 2015

The office of the Army chief staff announced the following general officer assignments today:

Daily News | July 21, 2015

Congressional conference committee deliberations continue this week on the proposed fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, though several sources on Capitol Hill indicate that lawmakers are embroiled in heated debates over a handful of contentious issues, including defense acquisition reform, that could push negotiations into next month.

The Insider | July 20, 2015

As the defense world awaits a congressional conference committee report on the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill, the week ahead includes a series of earnings calls from some of the defense industry's biggest players, a confirmation hearing for the next Army chief, the Aspen Security Forum and a meeting of the influential Defense Business Board.

Daily News | July 17, 2015

Alan Estevez, the principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, defended progress the Defense Department has made thus far in improving its acquisition system, arguing that proposed legislation backed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) that seeks to empower military service chiefs at the expense of AT&L officials is disconnected from the realities of running the Pentagon and would impede DOD from properly managing programs.

Daily News | July 16, 2015

The Defense Department is appealing a controversial Senate measure in the proposed fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill that would mandate a 7.5 percent reduction in Pentagon headquarters and administrative staff for FY-16 as part of a 30 percent reduction over the next four years, according to documents obtained by

Daily News | July 16, 2015

The Pentagon, in a formal appeal sent to the conference committee debating the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill, is targeting controversial House legislation that would require the Defense Department's chief weapons tester to ensure his office does not "unnecessarily" increase acquisition program costs or impede schedules, according to documents obtained by

The Insider | July 16, 2015

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

Daily News | July 15, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday he hopes to convince his House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to support his defense acquisition reform measures before the conference report for the proposed National Defense Authorization Act is completed later this week, though the senator remains “very concerned” that President Obama will ultimately veto the bill.

Daily News | July 15, 2015

Pentagon senior leaders are scheduled to convene July 30 to determine a way forward on plans to redirect greater funding toward the Defense Department's space, cyber and nuclear programs in the fiscal year 2017 budget, has learned.

The Insider | July 14, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is being dispatched to Israel by President Obama next week to reassure the Israelis of the United States' continued commitment to their security in wake of a historic nuclear agreement with Iran that has been denounced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a White House statement.

The Insider | July 13, 2015

The week ahead features a high-profile nomination hearing and a think tank appearance by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) likely to address lawmakers' ongoing work on the proposed National Defense Authorization Act and the Obama administration's veto threat.

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