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 | September 17, 2014

The Defense Department has requested that Congress allow it to reprogram a total of $1 billion in fiscal year 2014 overseas contingency operations funds to launch a major effort to fight Ebola in Africa, a Pentagon official has confirmed.

Daily News | September 16, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16 that vehicles would be included in the equipment package slated to be given to Syrian rebels the Pentagon plans to train to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as well as the regime of Bashar al Assad.

Daily News | September 16, 2014

The House Armed Services Committee is unwilling to authorize the additional $500 million requested by the White House to train and equip Syrian rebels, though the committee has introduced a measure that would allow the Pentagon to pay for the effort by reprogramming existing funds.

The Insider | September 15, 2014

The Pentagon is finalizing a plan to vet and train moderate Syrian rebels to combat militant extremists in Iraq as well as the regime of Bashar al Assad, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

The Insider | September 12, 2014

The Pentagon believes the $500 million it has requested from Congress to begin training Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia would be enough for 5,000 fighters over the course of one year, according to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's top spokesman.

Daily News | September 11, 2014

While a plan to resource President Obama's new strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has yet to fully emerge, the Pentagon remains focused on a $500 million request to Congress for the vetting and training of Syrian rebels as the House prepares to pass a stop-gap measure likely to fund the rest of the president's strategy.

Daily News | September 11, 2014

President Obama is shifting the United States onto the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, pursing a new strategy that includes airstrikes in Syria; increased support for forces on the ground in Iraq; and an effort to train Syrian rebels inside Saudi Arabia, according to senior administration officials.

Daily News | September 9, 2014

The Pentagon is trying to determine what path it will take to resource President Obama's new strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which he expects to detail in a speech Wednesday.

Daily News | September 9, 2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week briefed an array of engineers and designers who are eying participation in the agency's new Ground X-Vehicle Technology program, which is intended to explore a variety of approaches, including autonomous technology, to decrease combat vehicle weight.

Daily News | September 5, 2014

The Army and Marine Corps have approved Lockheed Martin's proposed production strategy for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, according to a company announcement.

Daily News | September 3, 2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, saw the military services' proposed six-year spending plans this week and previewed some of the key priorities and themes that he and others at the Defense Department will be combing through in the coming months.

Daily News | September 2, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, meeting this week with U.S. allies at a NATO summit in Wales, will discuss the potential stand-up of a new, rapid-response force in Eastern Europe to counter Russian military provocations in and around Ukraine, as well as solicit assistance for combating militant extremists in Iraq, according to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's top spokesman.

Daily News | August 29, 2014

The Defense Department is spending an average of $7.5 million per day on operations in Iraq since June 16, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

Daily News | August 29, 2014

The Defense Department is spending an average of $7.5 million per day on operations in Iraq since June 16, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

Daily News | August 27, 2014

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called on the White House this week to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria in ways that go beyond the fiscal year 2015 budget.

Daily News | August 27, 2014

Money, or the lack of it, will be on the minds of many military officials this week when they gather in Suffolk, VA, for an annual Worldwide Joint Training Conference to develop schedules and proposals for military exercises amid an uncertain budget environment.

The Insider | August 26, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that seven nations have signed up for a U.S.-led effort to supply Kurdish forces in Iraq combating the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant.

Daily News | August 26, 2014

The Army is preparing to accept bids for a logistics and training support contract aimed at sustaining the fleet of vehicles used by Afghanistan's mobile strike forces, according to a recent government notice that labeled the program as “critical” to the U.S. drawdown effort.

The Insider | August 26, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement this morning marking the change of command between Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and Army Gen. John Campbell at the International Security Assistant Force in Afghanistan.

Daily News | August 25, 2014

The Army Space and Missile Defense Command was unable to evaluate its Advanced Hypersonic Weapon today during a test in which a booster rocket experienced an “anomaly” after liftoff in Alaska, prompting authorities to terminate the flight.

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