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 13, 2015

The Defense Department, in an effort to secure U.S. military superiority into the 21st century, has approved the establishment of a new innovation unit tasked with identifying "leading edge" commercial technologies that exist outside the traditional defense sector, according to a recent memo.

The Insider | July 9, 2015

The Senate announced today its list of lawmakers who will negotiate the proposed fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act with counterparts from the House.

Daily News | July 9, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), who told reporters Thursday he has been "assured repeatedly" that President Obama will veto the proposed fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act unless broader budget compromises can be made with the GOP, also weighed in on the matter of acquisition reform and the dueling visions of defense authorization committee chairmen Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Daily News | July 8, 2015

The Defense Department is seeking permission to reallocate $1.2 million -- a relatively small request in the context of the U.S. military budget -- to advance remedial efforts to improve high-level Pentagon focus on electronic warfare and implement the classified findings of an influential advisory panel that warned improvement in this area is needed.

Daily News | July 8, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is headed to Sun Valley, Idaho, to attend a high-profile media finance conference where he will continue to emphasize the growing need for the Pentagon to partner with cutting-edge technology firms to achieve 21st century battlefield dominance, according to a Defense Department announcement.

Daily News | July 6, 2015

President Obama, who made an unusual trip to the Pentagon on Monday to discuss military strategy with his top national security advisers, did not indicate whether he would veto the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill scheduled to reach his desk later this month, though he guaranteed that no U.S. service member would work without pay.

Daily News | July 1, 2015

The 2015 National Military Strategy -- the first such document to be released since 2011 -- gives a nod to the efficiencies sought by Better Buying Power 3.0, the Pentagon's key acquisition improvement initiative, and also provides a brief glimpse into plans for new investments in military technology.

Daily News | June 26, 2015

The Pentagon was given an "A" grade on Friday by the U.S. Small Business Administration for awarding $53.3 billion in fiscal year 2014 prime contracts to small businesses -- more than half of the federal government's total for FY-14.

The Insider | June 25, 2015

The House has named members to the conference committee tasked with resolving differences with the Senate in the proposed fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill.

The conferees will be led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX).

Daily News | June 25, 2015

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke this week in support of proposed acquisition reform measures now being debated that would give military service chiefs greater power over the Pentagon's buying process, though he was opposed by Christine Fox, a former interim deputy defense secretary, who warned it would be a mistake to sideline the Pentagon's civilian authorities.

Daily News | June 24, 2015

As Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with NATO allies this week to discuss future plans to deter Russian military aggression, defense budget analysts in Washington are wondering how a potential European "rebalance" will manifest itself in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 spending plans amid the current fiscal fight on Capitol Hill.

Daily News | June 22, 2015

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is "pretty certain" that sequestration will not occur in fiscal year 2016 given congressional support for White House veto threats, but the need to hedge against a revanchist Russia is forcing the Pentagon to re-think fundamental budget plans for FY-17.

Daily News | June 19, 2015

Democrats in the Senate are following through on their promise to block the fiscal year 2016 defense appropriations bill as a tactic to force high-level discussions with the Republican majority to end sequestration, but the defense authorization bill was allowed to pass the upper chamber and now heads to a conference committee with the House.

Daily News | June 17, 2015

The office of the Pentagon's chief weapons tester responded positively Wednesday to a recent Government Accountability Office report which refutes the notion that operational testing impedes acquisition programs, thereby providing the testers ammunition against critics in Congress and the defense industry.

Daily News | June 16, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is reporting that, if current laws remain unchanged, the federal debt is on track to exceed 100 percent of all U.S. economic output by 2040, thereby constraining defense spending and compromising national security.

Daily News | June 12, 2015

The Pentagon has released a detailed cost analysis of U.S. operations to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has totaled $2.74 billion from Aug. 8, 2014, to June 4, 2015, at an average daily cost of $9.1 million.

Daily News | June 11, 2015

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill consider defense acquisition reform legislation that would increase the role of the military service chiefs at the expense of the Pentagon's civilian authorities, the Government Accountability Office has released a report highlighting the fundamental contours of the debate.

Daily News | June 10, 2015

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee is reporting a fiscal year 2016 bill to the full committee that adds nearly $3 billion to the Defense Department's $107 billion procurement request, as well as an additional $540 million to DOD's $70 billion research and development request, according to unreleased funding tables obtained by

Daily News | June 10, 2015

President Obama has authorized the Pentagon to deploy up to 450 additional U.S. personnel for a "non-combat role" to expand the training and advising of the Iraqi army, according to a Defense Department statement.

Daily News | June 10, 2015

The Obama administration has issued another veto threat as the full House takes up its version of the fiscal year 2016 defense appropriations bill.

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