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 | May 23, 2022

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he knows he's "100% lost" his previous battle to eliminate the ground-based leg of the U.S. nuclear triad but predicted there are still "tough fights" ahead in this year's defense policy bill when it comes President Biden's proposed termination of a developmental submarine-launched cruise missile and the retirement of the B-83 megaton gravity bomb.

Daily News | May 23, 2022

The Defense Department is internally shifting nearly $1 billion in funding appropriated by Congress to aid Ukraine's defense against Russia and bolster the U.S. troop presence in Eastern Europe, according to the Pentagon comptroller's office.

The Insider | May 23, 2022

Senior defense officials are slated to speak at several public events this week.

The Insider | May 20, 2022

The Senate Armed Services Committee will meet in closed session to mark up its version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill on June 15 and, if needed, June 16.

The Insider | May 19, 2022

The Defense Department is transferring $100 million in U.S. weapons to Ukraine, including 18 155 mm howitzers with 18 towing vehicles, and three AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars.

The Insider | May 19, 2022

The Senate has followed the House's lead and voted to pass a $40 billion emergency supplemental bill to aid Ukraine amid a Russian military invasion, sending the measure to President Biden's desk for his signature.

The Insider | May 16, 2022

President Biden intends to nominate Laura Taylor-Kale to be assistant secretary of defense for industrial base policy, according to the White House.

The Insider | May 16, 2022

The week ahead is filled with congressional hearings and other events featuring senior Pentagon officials.

Daily News | May 13, 2022

Heidi Shyu, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, has sent Congress a $5.7 billion unfunded priorities list containing 126 military construction items related to Defense Department labs and testing facilities, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | May 11, 2022

Pentagon leaders on Capitol Hill today again tried to sell skeptical lawmakers on their proposed divest-to-invest strategy that would cut ships, aircraft and military end strength as part of an overall fiscal year 2023 budget proposal that does not keep pace with historic inflation.

Daily News | May 10, 2022

The House Appropriations Committee today has teed up a version of the Ukraine emergency supplemental funding bill that would increase President Biden's request by $7 billion, taking the final amount to $40 billion.

The Insider | May 9, 2022

Capitol Hill's "posture season" is in full swing this week with an abundance of hearings on the defense budget and military modernization.

Daily News | May 6, 2022

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said the Defense Department hopes to spend $6 billion in emergency funding to procure new weapons that can be delivered directly to Ukraine, rather than transferred from U.S. stocks, and has received more than 300 proposals from defense contractors looking to do so.

Daily News | May 6, 2022

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today that if Congress is to add billions of dollars to the Pentagon budget, as many lawmakers have vowed to do, she would rather the funds be used to relieve inflation to keep the department's five-year program plans on track, instead of halting proposed cuts to fleets of ships and aircraft.

Daily News | May 5, 2022

The Defense Department is internally shifting $1.4 billion from the Ukraine Replacement Transfer Fund to replenish Javelin anti-tank and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles that have been transferred to Ukraine from U.S. stocks to help push back a Russian invasion, according to a document from the Pentagon comptroller.

Daily News | May 4, 2022

Though it is "too early to tell" the true impact of historic inflation on major defense acquisition programs, the Pentagon says it has seen several "changes in behavior" among contractors, including companies being skittish about entering into long-term agreements, and at least one that wants to pull out of an existing contract, according to a new letter sent to senior Republican lawmakers.

The Insider | May 3, 2022

President Biden traveled to a Lockheed Martin factory in Troy, AL today and spoke about the importance of the Javelin anti-tank missile in Ukraine's fight against a Russian invasion.

Daily News | May 3, 2022

Senate appropriators today questioned Pentagon leaders and voiced concern regarding the Defense Department's plans to divest two-dozen ships and hundreds of aircraft in its fiscal year 2023 budget proposal, which they also noted does not keep pace with the current level of inflation.

The Insider | May 3, 2022

Army Gen. Christopher Cavoli, currently the head of U.S. Army-Europe Africa, has been nominated to serve as the next chief of U.S. European Command, as well as the supreme allied commander of NATO, according to the Pentagon.

Daily News | May 2, 2022

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said today he is confident Congress will increase defense spending for fiscal year 2023 beyond what President Biden has requested, and will also block the Pentagon's plans to divest two-dozen ships and hundreds of aircraft.

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