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 | August 22, 2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has rejected approximately $140 million in Pentagon reprogramming requests, according to congressional documents.

Daily News | August 21, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said today that the Pentagon may have to rework its fiscal year 2015 budget plans in response to ongoing military operations in Iraq.

Daily News | August 19, 2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week launched the latest development effort aimed at decreasing the weight of American combat vehicles.

Daily News | August 13, 2014

The Defense Department's inspector general's office has found that the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency violated ethics rules by promoting the interests of a company she had founded.

Daily News | August 13, 2014

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester has issued new guidance on how to evaluate weapon systems against cyber threats.

Daily News | August 12, 2014

House appropriators have denied the Pentagon's request to reprogram $72 million from efforts to upgrade the Army's Paladin Self-propelled Howitzer artillery system, according to multiple sources close to the issue.

Daily News | August 11, 2014

The U.S. military's latest operations in Iraq will be funded through the Pentagon's wartime supplemental budget, though there is no cost estimate for them yet, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Daily News | August 8, 2014

The Army is pulsing industry for ideas that could possibly feed into a new Lightweight Reconnaissance Vehicle program aimed at supporting the service's planned rapid global response posture.

The Insider | August 5, 2014

Oshkosh Defense has been awarded $45 million to reset and upgrade 800 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles, according to a recent Defense Department notice.

Daily News | July 31, 2014

The National Defense Panel charged with evaluating the Pentagon's 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review has found a growing mismatch between what the U.S. military is required to do and what it has the resources to do, according to a July 31 report.

Daily News | July 29, 2014

U.S. Pacific Command has announced it will host Fortune Guard 2014, the first-ever multinational Asia Pacific proliferation security exercise, next week.

Daily News | July 23, 2014

The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.

Daily News | July 16, 2014

Top-ranking Pentagon officials are defending the $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request against claims from lawmakers that it has become a "slush fund."

Daily News | July 15, 2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

Daily News | July 11, 2014

The Defense Department is requesting permission from Congress to reprogram nearly $420 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to pay for the new purchase and refurbishment of Army tactical trucks, including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, according to a Pentagon budget document obtained by

Daily News | July 11, 2014

The Army general nominated to lead U.S. Special Operations Command told senators last week that the military still does not have as many intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as it needs to execute its mission, especially in Africa.

Daily News | July 9, 2014

The Army has sent Congress a plan for how it will spend $90 million lawmakers added to the service's Abrams tank program in fiscal year 2014 to help shore up the combat vehicle industrial base, though some of the money will go toward establishing “leaner” tank production processes, according to an internal presentation obtained by

Daily News | July 9, 2014

The Army has completed its long-awaited analysis of the combat vehicle industrial base, briefing Capitol Hill this week on an array of controversial findings that show ample opportunity exists for consolidation, according to an internal slide presentation obtained by

The Insider | July 8, 2014

Europe's largest multinational live-fire exercise, which wrapped last month, featured U.S. Army tank training for the first time, according to a NATO announcement marking the end of the event.

Daily News | July 7, 2014

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force expects to continue assisting U.S. forces in Afghanistan throughout fiscal year 2015, to the tune of $10.6 million in research and development spending, though the REF notes in recent budget justification documents that the systems it procures will require "substantial" follow-on spending if the service is to sustain them.

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