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 07, 2019

The Pentagon had fewer major weapon systems in its acquisition portfolio in 2018 than the previous year, but costs still increased by $8 billion, sparking concern at the Government Accountability Office, which notes many defense contracts are being awarded without competition to a relatively small set of companies.

Daily News | May 07, 2019

The Pentagon, as in previous years, has sent Congress a legislative proposal to impose bid protest timeliness rules at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that would mirror those at the Government Accountability Office, with the intent to reduce decision times and block contractors from lodging protests with both entities.

The Insider | May 06, 2019

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee plans to fund defense in fiscal year 2020 at about $701 billion, a less-than-3% increase from FY-19.

The Insider | May 06, 2019

The week ahead is packed with congressional hearings, including an appearance by acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan. Additionally, senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to appear at the Navy League's Sea Air Space conference.

Daily News | May 03, 2019

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said the Defense Department is asking Congress to create new appropriations rules for the development and procurement of software, which would begin with pilot programs in fiscal year 2020 and transition to a new process in FY-21.

The Insider | May 03, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today released a statement bidding farewell to Bob Daigle, the Pentagon's outgoing director of cost assessment and program evaluation.

Daily News | May 03, 2019

The Pentagon remains concerned about China’s pursuit of new technologies that could be put to military use, warning U.S. companies that doing business with Beijing could bring risks in terms of cyber espionage and limited opportunities for future work with the U.S. government.

Daily News | May 02, 2019

China spent about $200 billion on defense in 2018 and will likely grow that by an average of 6% through 2022, according to the Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military strength.

Daily News | May 01, 2019

Congressional committees are preparing to consider defense spending and authorization bills this month, but lawmakers have yet to reach a bipartisan budget deal to avert sequestration.

The Insider | May 01, 2019

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is scheduled to convene May 15 to mark up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill, according to subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN).

The Insider | May 01, 2019

The new National Defense Strategy calls for “urgent change at a significant scale” to reposition the U.S. military for global competitions with China and Russia, but the Defense Department lacks a sound strategic analysis process to drive the tough budget decisions likely required for major transformation, according to the Government Accountability Office and former Pentagon officials who spent years crafting national security policy.

The Insider | May 01, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today the Pentagon may hold a “space day” on Capitol Hill to convince lawmakers who remain skeptical about the Trump administration's proposal for a new Space Force.

Daily News | April 30, 2019

The new National Defense Strategy calls for “urgent change at a significant scale” to reposition the U.S. military for global competitions with China and Russia, but the Defense Department lacks a sound strategic analysis process to drive the tough budget decisions likely required for major transformation, according to the Government Accountability Office and former Pentagon officials who spent years crafting national security policy.

The Insider | April 29, 2019

The week ahead is loaded with congressional hearings, including one featuring acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan testifying about the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget request. Meanwhile, a host of defense companies hold quarterly earnings calls.

Daily News | April 26, 2019

The Pentagon has sent a strategy to Congress laying out an approach to reduce spending at civilian management agencies, also known as the Fourth Estate, by 25% over the coming years, acting Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman told Inside Defense in an interview.

Daily News | April 26, 2019

The focus of the Defense Department inspector general's latest report was whether acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan acted ethically, but the document also offered a rare behind-the-scenes look into acquisition decisions made by the Pentagon's most senior officials.

The Insider | April 25, 2019

The Defense Department inspector general has completed an ethics investigation into acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, concluding that he did not improperly favor Boeing, his former employer.

Daily News | April 24, 2019

As the Pentagon conducts high-level conversations with key U.S. allies on strengthening defense industrial base cooperation, a new proposal has emerged that could become legislation used to lower barriers for technology transfer between the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Daily News | April 23, 2019

The Defense Department supports the majority of reforms recommended by a congressionally mandated panel, but says many of the group's proposals require further research or lawmaker intervention, according to a report signed by Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

The Insider | April 22, 2019

Senior defense officials are scheduled to appear around the Washington area this week, while a host of large defense companies hold quarterly earnings calls. Congress remains out on spring recess.

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