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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | January 2, 2015

The Defense Business Board is scheduled to meet Jan. 22 to discuss findings and draft recommendations from task groups charged with identifying new science and technology investments and a path forward to gain efficiencies in core Defense Department business practices.

Daily News | December 23, 2014

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to develop the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle that could total $1.2 billion, according to a company announcement.

Daily News | December 23, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $100 million foreign military sales contract from Saudi Arabia for the procurement and production of Abrams tanks, according to a company announcement Tuesday.

Daily News | December 22, 2014

The Pentagon is mulling the release of new Defense Planning Guidance as early as February as part of an ongoing effort to “reset” the planning, programming, budgeting and execution (PPBE) process by fiscal year 2017, according to an internal briefing obtained by

The Insider | December 22, 2014

The United States has spent $1.6 trillion on military operations since the attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

Daily News | December 19, 2014

The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq for $2.4 billion, along with 1,000 humvees for $579 million, according to recent announcements from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Daily News | December 18, 2014

The Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization improperly gathered intelligence on U.S. companies and citizens, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report made public Thursday.

Daily News | December 12, 2014

Congress has cleared the Defense Department to reprogram $220 million from its operations and maintenance accounts to get the first installment of funds required to train and equip moderate members of the Syrian opposition, according to the DOD comptroller's office.

Daily News | December 11, 2014

The Pentagon has begun a major effort to "reset" its planning, programming, budgeting and execution (PPBE) process by fiscal year 2017 that would enable "better, more defensible budget submissions to Congress," according to a Dec. 11 memo to top defense officials from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.

Daily News | December 11, 2014

A newly proposed measure for the authorization for the use of military force that has passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would prohibit large numbers of U.S. ground troops from entering combat in Iraq and Syria and limit authorization to three years.

Daily News | December 10, 2014

Congressional appropriators have proposed an omnibus spending package that would fund the Defense Department in fiscal year 2015 to the tune of $554 billion and have until Thursday night to pass the measure.

The Insider | December 9, 2014

Despite approving other recent nominees, the Senate Armed Services Committee is delaying the confirmation of Elissa Slotkin, President Obama's nominee to serve as the Defense Department's next assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, according to a statement from the committee.

Daily News | December 9, 2014

On the heels of a new Defense Department Innovation Initiative aimed at identifying next-generation military capabilities, Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has commissioned a study on weapon system autonomy due next summer.

Daily News | December 5, 2014

Congressional allies of General Dynamics Land Systems are attempting a last-ditch effort to stall the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program as the service mulls awarding an engineering and manufacturing development contract to BAE Systems, according to memos and officials.

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.

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