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 | April 1, 2020

Defense Department acquisition officials have issued new guidance to allow "maximum flexibility" to award emergency contracts for commercial products and services in preparation for a "significant number of new awards" to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a pair of new Pentagon memos.

The Insider | March 30, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) today postponed the planned April 30 mark-up of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Insider | March 30, 2020

Acting Defense Department inspector general Glenn Fine has been tapped to oversee $2 trillion in stimulus spending meant to mitigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Daily News | March 30, 2020

The Pentagon wants Congress to back off a requirement that it establish an unclassified database detailing its five-year budget plans.

The Insider | March 27, 2020

President Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to build ventilators to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Insider | March 27, 2020

The House today passed an unprecedented $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package with $10.5 billion in additional defense funds, sending the measure to President Trump for his immediate signature.

The Insider | March 27, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee has taken its first procedural step in the process to craft the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, according to a committee statement.

The Insider | March 26, 2020

The Defense Department said a Marine who had been assigned to the Pentagon tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and has been placed in isolation at his home to undergo further assessment by health professionals.

Daily News | March 25, 2020

The Senate voted 96-0 to pass a final $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that would provide an additional $10.5 billion in defense spending.

The Insider | March 25, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Senate Armed Service Committee will not be holding traditional public hearings to inform its crafting of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, according to a committee notice.

Daily News | March 25, 2020

The Pentagon's senior acquisition team has only just begun their first fully coordinated efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and pledged today to move aggressively to prop up economically vulnerable defense contractors and field "demand signals" for medical supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Insider | March 24, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today the Pentagon expects the coronavirus outbreak to last "at least" a few months, while President Trump is signaling he wants to soon roll back economically costly social distancing measures.

The Insider | March 23, 2020

President Trump intends to nominate John Whitley to be director of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office, according to a White House announcement.

Daily News | March 23, 2020

As senators remain stalled over a $1.6 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is circulating her own draft bill that would provide more than $2.5 trillion in emergency funding, including nearly $8 billion in supplemental defense spending.

The Insider | March 23, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said two military field hospitals will be sent to Seattle and New York City this week to take pressure off medical facilities responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Insider | March 23, 2020

The week ahead is especially sparse because of the COVID-19 outbreak, though the Senate Armed Services Committee is slated to hold a hearing on the Army's budget.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord sent a memo to defense contractors today laying out which ones are deemed "critical" by the U.S. government and therefore expected to maintain their normal work schedules, despite the national emergency over COVID-19.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

The Pentagon earlier this year submitted several Navy legislative proposals to lawmakers, including one that would alter how the service could utilize funding for ship overhaul and maintenance.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Insider | March 19, 2020

The head of the U.S. National Guard said today more than 2,000 troops have been activated across 27 states to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, though he expects that number to double by the weekend and, possibly, culminate in "tens of thousands" deployed around the country.

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