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 | February 14, 2012

The Pentagon today rolled out a defense budget request for fiscal year 2013 that includes $185 billion for the Army, announcing program terminations expected to be worth $4.7 billion over the next five years.

Daily News | February 10, 2012

A Defense Department decision to overlook the superior design of candidate Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in favor of technically acceptable bids with the lowest price played a key role in prompting the Ford Motor Co., an industrial giant interested in bringing its engineering and global logistics capabilities back to the military, to walk away from the competition, according to officials familiar with the company's thinking.

Daily News | February 6, 2012

Ford Motor Co. will not pursue a bid for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle being developed by the Army and Marine Corps due to time line concerns, according to a company spokesman.

Daily News | January 27, 2012

A bid protest in the Ground Combat Vehicle program will lead to a one-year delay as well as a $1.7 billion cut over five years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said today.

Daily News | January 26, 2012

The Army has released a request for proposals for the next phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a key step for the program as it progresses to the next stage.

Daily News | January 25, 2012

The Army will request $300 million in fiscal year 2013 to pay for depot work to recapitalize 10,000 up-armored humvees -- a move that effectively pivots the service away from plans for competitive recapitalization of the vehicle, InsideDefense.com has learned.

Daily News | January 25, 2012

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno today laid out the Army's top modernization priorities and sought to define the service's new role in light of the Pentagon's fresh focus on the Asia-Pacific region, announcing the creation of a trilateral partnership between his office and the ministers of defense from Japan and South Korea.

Daily News | January 24, 2012

In a stunning reversal of fortune for the competitive humvee recapitalization effort, Pentagon officials plan to cancel the Medium Expanded Capacity Vehicle and shift the money saved to pay Navy and Air Force bills, Inside the Army has learned.

Daily News | January 10, 2012

The Army's development of the Ground Combat Vehicle is on unsure footing due to a high price tag and the fact that U.S. military strategy is pivoting toward power projection in the Pacific and away from extensive ground engagements, a new report to Congress contends.

Daily News | January 5, 2012

A request for proposals on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program's engineering and manufacturing development phase is expected to be released on or about Jan. 20, with up to three contract awards planned for June, according to a Jan. 5 Army announcement.

Daily News | December 20, 2011

A recent deal to "bundle" the purchase of 100 Stryker Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles with 292 double-V hull variants already under contract will save the Army nearly $50 million, according to an acquisition decision memorandum obtained by InsideDefense.com.

The Insider | December 19, 2011

General Dynamics announced today it has completed its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock in Force Protection Inc., practically consummating the marriage between the two companies.

Daily News | December 16, 2011

Congressional appropriators have brought the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle back from the brink, approving $134 million for the Army and Marine Corps to allow the program to proceed, according a statement from the appropriations conference committee.

Daily News | December 13, 2011

The Army's Ground Combat Vehicle is funded at nearly $450 million in the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill, well below the Army's request of $884 million, according to a House and Senate conference committee report.

Daily News | December 9, 2011

Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. automaker, has discussed with the Defense Department the possibility of competing to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a prospect that government sources say influenced DOD's recent move to drastically lower cost targets.

Daily News | December 5, 2011

The Government Accountability Office has ruled against Science Applications International Corp., which had filed a bid protest against the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program, according to a GAO official.

Daily News | November 25, 2011

The Army's Training and Doctrine Command is building a new tactical wheeled vehicle strategy that outlines how many trucks will remain in the service in the wake of planned end-strength reductions, according to officials and sources.

Daily News | November 18, 2011

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program office today issued an update to its draft request for proposals stating that the Army and Marines are now willing to pay $65 million to each potential contractor for the vehicle's engineering and manufacturing design phase, up from the previously planned $52 million.

Daily News | October 26, 2011

Two senior Army leaders said today they believe the effort to save the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is bearing fruit on Capitol Hill, where budget-minded lawmakers are poised to terminate the program.

Daily News | October 25, 2011

Lt. Gen. William Phillips, the military deputy to the Army acquisition executive, and Lt. Gen. Robert Lennox, the service's chief programmer (G-8), are fond of calling each other "battle buddies" because of how often they find themselves representing (and defending) Army acquisition efforts before Congress and the media.

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