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 | April 15, 2015

Major defense contractors were silent this week on the Pentagon's newly announced effort to play a larger role in guiding industry's independent research and development (IRAD) spending, though industry advocates behind the scenes said they would continue to lobby the Defense Department and lawmakers for fewer acquisition regulations.

Daily News | April 14, 2015

The program manager for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter told lawmakers Tuesday that a key maintenance and logistics information system tasked with identifying problems with the aircraft is producing false-positives to the tune of 80 percent and must be redesigned and upgraded.

Daily News | April 14, 2015

The Marine Corps, stressing the importance of affordable and incremental modernization, has laid out the focus areas for its future vehicle science and technology investments, according to a new strategy from the program executive office for land systems.

Daily News | April 13, 2015

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's top weapons buyer, said Monday he thinks the Navy's Next Generation Jammer program will be selected as a pilot "Skunk Works" initiative aimed at accelerating the Defense Department's acquisition cycles and eliminating the current document-based approach.

Daily News | April 9, 2015

The Defense Department has updated its premiere acquisition improvement effort, unveiling a variety of new initiatives aimed primarily at driving innovation in the development of next-generation weapon systems and, in some cases, opening the door for a greater government role in industry's independent research and development spending.

Daily News | April 8, 2015

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday laid out his clearest vision yet for the Third Offset Strategy -- a new technological initiative that has driven the Pentagon to begin planning for next-generation conflicts after more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a copy of his prepared speech delivered at the Army War College.

Daily News | April 7, 2015

The Pentagon has already saved $750 million in fiscal year 2015 due to the plummeting global price of oil and could see a total of $1.85 billion in savings if conditions remain the same, thereby freeing up the cash to be reprogrammed to other Defense Department priorities.

Daily News | March 27, 2015

The Senate passed a GOP budget blueprint Friday with a 52-49 vote that would boost the Defense Department's overseas contingency operations spending to $89 billion, while capping the base budget at $499 billion in fiscal year 2016 in accordance with the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Daily News | March 26, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday criticized current budget blueprints advanced by GOP lawmakers that seek to protect defense spending from sequestration by injecting billions of dollars into the Defense Department's overseas contingency operations account, which is exempt from legally mandated spending caps.

Daily News | March 26, 2015

After high-level meetings between Danish and U.S. officials, the Air Force has agreed to conduct a new competition for maintenance at Thule Air Base in Greenland, potentially upending a multimillion-dollar deal that sparked outrage when it was awarded to Vectrus last year.

Daily News | March 26, 2015

The House on Wednesday night approved a fiscal year 2016 budget resolution that would fund the Defense Department's overseas contingency operations account to the tune of $96 billion, or $38 billion more than what was requested by the Obama administration.

Daily News | March 25, 2015

Uncertainty continued to loom over the future of defense spending Wednesday as the House prepared to vote on two different fiscal year 2016 GOP budget resolutions that were poised to further deepen the conflict between Republican defense and deficit hawks.

Daily News | March 24, 2015

The White House announced Tuesday that the United States would pause its plans to reduce its current force levels in Afghanistan to 5,500 troops in 2015, opting instead to maintain 9,800 American troops through the end of the year.

Daily News | March 23, 2015

The Marine Corps has sent Congress an unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2016 totaling $2.1 billion, the bulk of which would go toward the purchase of six additional Lockheed Martin-manufactured F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, according to a document obtained by

Daily News | March 17, 2015

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work announced Tuesday the creation of a new Electronic Warfare Programs Council intended to guide Pentagon investments.

Daily News | March 17, 2015

House Republicans have released a fiscal year 2016 budget blueprint that calls for sidestepping sequestration-driven defense cuts by increasing the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations account -- which is exempt from 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps -- by more than $50 billion above President Obama's request for a proposed total of approximately $90 billion.

Daily News | March 13, 2015

The Pentagon is shifting management of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization from the Army to the office of the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L), according to a recent memo Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent to congressional defense leaders.

Daily News | March 13, 2015

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's acquisition chief, says he has heard defense contractors loud and clear and has sent a memo to Pentagon program managers reiterating DOD's policy of only using lowest-priced, technically acceptable (LPTA) contracts when appropriate and not as default arrangements.

Daily News | March 12, 2015

The Pentagon sees a recent Government Accountability Office report on defense acquisition program cost growth as evidence that its ongoing measures to control costs have been successful, though the government watchdog is not quite on the same page.

Daily News | March 11, 2015

The United States has committed an additional $75 million in nonlethal military aid to Ukraine, including more than 200 humvees and a number of unmanned surveillance aircraft, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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