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 | December 5, 2014

President Obama has nominated Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's former No. 2 civilian, to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, noting that he is a "reformer who has never been afraid to cancel old or inefficient weapons programs."

Daily News | December 4, 2014

The Defense Department has awarded contracts to three independent public accounting firms to audit current-year appropriated funds -- also known as the schedule of budgetary activity (SBA) -- for all the military services, according to a DOD statement.

Daily News | December 4, 2014

The Defense Department is slated to spend $16 billion on fuel in fiscal year 2014 to support military operations, training and exercises, after having spent $14.8 billion in FY-13, according to DOD's latest operational energy report.

Daily News | December 3, 2014

The Pentagon has begun work on its new Long Range Research and Development Plan focusing on five key capability areas that can move technologies into development programs within the next five years: space, undersea, air dominance and strike, air and missile defense, and other concepts, according to a memo signed by Frank Kendall, the department's acquisition chief, who directed the LRRDP to be complete in time for the fiscal year 2017 budget submission.

Daily News | December 2, 2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, intends to increase the Defense Department's profit share ratios with industry in fixed-price incentive contracts if companies bring major weapon programs in under cost.

The Insider | December 2, 2014

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman, declined to comment today on reports that Ashton Carter, who stepped down one year ago as the Defense Department's No. 2 civilian, is reportedly slated to be nominated to replace Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary.

Daily News | December 2, 2014

The Defense Acquisition Board is scheduled to consider advancing the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program into development on Dec. 9, according to an internal Pentagon document.

Daily News | November 20, 2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work hopes to visit Capitol Hill within the next two weeks to discuss a way forward on some of the Defense Department's most serious budgetary challenges, particularly the fact that Congress is poised to deny the Pentagon's plan to find savings by reforming military compensation, cutting aging weapon systems and closing excess military bases and facilities amid the onset of sequestration.

Daily News | November 19, 2014

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wants Congress to know the Defense Department will require more base budget funding in fiscal year 2016 than the $535 billion it has planned, especially since that amount is already $35 billion above the spending caps mandated by sequestration.

The Insider | November 18, 2014

Retiring House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) today congratulated Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on receiving a recommendation from the House Republican Steering Committee that he take over as chairman of the panel.

The Insider | November 17, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has singled out autonomous systems as a key investment area in the Pentagon's new innovation initiative amid the Army's ongoing efforts to plumb industry for potential unmanned ground vehicle technologies.

Daily News | November 17, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally launched an ambitious and long-expected innovation investment strategy intended to shape the future of the Pentagon for years to come.

Daily News | November 13, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants Congress to know that 40 percent of the recent supplemental budget request to train and equip the Iraqi army to fight Islamic extremists will remain fenced off until the Iraqi government matches that amount.

Daily News | November 12, 2014

The Defense Department is set to roll out a major innovation initiative this week that will include plans to guide long-term research and development investments to ensure the United States does not lose technological superiority to rival nations in the coming decades, according to DOD's second-in-command.

Daily News | November 11, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office has found that Defense Department spending for military activities dropped by $30 billion in fiscal year 2014, or 5 percent, mostly due to a decline in Army spending.

Daily News | November 10, 2014

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

Daily News | November 7, 2014

President Obama has authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to deploy up to 1,500 additional military personnel to Iraq in non-combat roles in the coming months to "expand our advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces," according to a Pentagon announcement.

Daily News | November 7, 2014

The Defense Department is poised to put renewed emphasis on experimental prototyping in search of next-generation capabilities, though the budgetary resources to eventually transition the technologies in formal programs of record remain either in question, or, in some cases, inconsequential, according to the Pentagon official overseeing the effort.

Daily News | November 6, 2014

The Pentagon will likely submit a fiscal year 2016 budget that is above the sequestration levels mandated by the Budget Control Act, according to a top acquisition official.

The Insider | November 5, 2014

President Obama said today that he would "begin engaging Congress over a new authorization for military force against" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, noting that Gen. Lloyd Austin, chief of U.S. Central Command, would soon head to Capitol Hill to brief Congress on the ongoing campaign against ISIL.

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