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 | March 23, 2023

U.S. Central Command has sent Congress a list of $280 million in unfunded priorities, highlighting the need for nearly $30 million to counter unmanned aerial systems, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 23, 2023

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has sent Congress a list of $3.4 billion in unfunded priorities, with more than $2 billion identified for research and development programs not included in the regular fiscal year 2024 budget request, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 22, 2023

The Defense Department today released a new Biomanufacturing Strategy intended to "guide research efforts, industry partnerships and relationships with allies" as DOD considers investments in the emerging field.

The Insider | March 22, 2023

Inside Defense has obtained several of the U.S. military’s fiscal year 2024 unfunded priorities lists. Subscribers can access them below.

Daily News | March 22, 2023

Three combatant commands have sent Congress unfunded priorities lists, identifying items that were unable to be included in the fiscal year 2024 budget, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 21, 2023

The Defense Department announced today that it will accelerate the delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine by several months, now planning for the tanks to arrive sometime this fall.

Daily News | March 20, 2023

The Marine Corps has sent Congress an unfunded priorities list totaling $3.6 billion, including $1.7 billion for a San Antonio-class amphibious dock ship that was not included in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2024 budget request.

The Insider | March 20, 2023

The Defense Department today announced a $350 million security aid package for Ukraine that will transfer weapons directly from U.S. stocks.

Daily News | March 20, 2023

Should House Republicans support returning federal discretionary spending to levels not seen since fiscal year 2022, the nearly $100 billion reduction in funding to the Defense Department could have "harmful and potentially devastating" effects, according to a new letter from the Pentagon comptroller.

The Insider | March 20, 2023

Senior Pentagon officials are heading to Capitol Hill this week to testify on the fiscal year 2024 budget request.

Daily News | March 17, 2023

The Defense Department's new Office of Strategic Capital is looking to launch several initiatives this year to attract "patient investment" to areas of emerging technology deemed critical for national security, with an eye toward loan guarantees and potentially co-funding the development of new capabilities.

Daily News | March 17, 2023

A private meeting hosted last month by two right-leaning Washington think tanks has identified areas where the Pentagon could save billions of dollars annually, including military health care reform and base closures, but also found that cuts to other "politically controversial programs" -- often focused on by some Republicans who deride them as "woke" -- would save far less.

The Insider | March 16, 2023

The State Department has approved Poland for a possible $150 million foreign military sale of 800 Hellfire missiles, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice.

The Insider | March 16, 2023

The State Department has approved Australia for a possible $895 million foreign military sale of Tomahawk missiles, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice.

Daily News | March 15, 2023

The Defense Department is finalizing a proposal for how to spend more than $1 billion lawmakers appropriated for fiscal year 2023 for "revised economic assumptions" related to specific contracts beset by historic inflation, according to Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord.

Daily News | March 15, 2023

The Defense Department is establishing a Joint Production Accelerator Cell to help identify "optimal production strategies" and mitigate challenges facing the U.S. industrial base, according to a new memo from Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante.

Daily News | March 14, 2023

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said today he believes the increased U.S. investment in munitions, especially those meant to aid Ukraine and Taiwan, must continue for at least four or five more years.

The Insider | March 13, 2023

The Defense Department is requesting $29.3 billion for its classified Military Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2024.

Daily News | March 13, 2023

The United States, the U.K. and Australia have announced a three-phased plan for Australia to obtain U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the early 2030s, followed by "SSN-AUKUS" in the early 2040s.

Daily News | March 13, 2023

Senior Pentagon officials said today the fiscal year 2024 budget request represents less than 1% real growth above what Congress enacted for FY-23 but asserted that the topline is sufficient to implement a National Defense Strategy focused on deterring China.

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