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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The Insider | May 2, 2022

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

The Insider | April 29, 2022

Lockheed Martin chief executive James Taiclet said today the company is planning to help increase production of the Javelin anti-tank missile, which it makes in partnership with Raytheon Technologies, as well as ramp up other weapon systems because the war in Ukraine has sent a clear "demand signal."

Daily News | April 28, 2022

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today the new $33 billion aid package the Biden administration has proposed for Ukraine would include a new "Critical Munitions Acquisition Fund" to help surge production of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons now and in the future.

The Insider | April 28, 2022

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today the panel intends to mark up its version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill June 22 and get it off the floor in early July.

The Insider | April 28, 2022

The White House is requesting Congress provide more than $33 billion to fund an emergency aid package to Ukraine, which includes $16.4 billion for the Defense Department, $14.1 billion for the State Department and the rest of the funding divided among other executive branch agencies.

Daily News | April 27, 2022

Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord said today the Defense Department has nearly exhausted all the $3.5 billion in presidential “drawdown authority” being used to replenish the transfer of U.S. weapons directly to the Ukrainian military to defend against an ongoing Russian invasion.

Daily News | April 27, 2022

Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord said today that although Congress provided the Defense Department with a $1.5 billion funding increase in fiscal year 2022 to cover an ongoing spike in global fuel prices, DOD will need an additional $1.8 billion for FY-22 to make up the final funding shortfall.

Daily News | April 25, 2022

The Defense Department is proposing a $4.2 billion European Deterrence Initiative for fiscal year 2023, a $300 million increase over what Congress enacted for FY-22, with much of the funding being directed toward Army operations and maintenance spending, according to a newly released budget justification document.

The Insider | April 25, 2022

The Pentagon has released a request for information to the defense industry seeking ideas for weapon systems that can be rapidly delivered to Ukraine, with the fastest proposed timeline being “30 days or less” and the longest being “more than 180 days.”

The Insider | April 25, 2022

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at a slew of public events this week, mostly on Capitol Hill to justify the fiscal year 2023 budget request.

Daily News | April 22, 2022

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is directing the military departments to put more effort into energy reduction, especially when it comes to acquiring and sustaining new and existing weapon systems, according to a recent memo.

The Insider | April 22, 2022

The Pentagon's chief technology officer has launched a new "Innovation Pathways" website partly intended to connect interested defense contractors to various prototyping and development opportunities available throughout the Defense Department.

Daily News | April 22, 2022

The military services have been notified by the Pentagon comptroller that they must submit plans to reprogram $600 million in fiscal year 2022 funds to support the Department of Homeland Security's southwest border security mission, as well as another $480 million to cover U.S. Central Command's need to counter small unmanned aerial systems.

Daily News | April 21, 2022

The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 for "meeting the climate challenge," with most of the proposed funding going toward military installation resiliency and investments in science and technology, according to a new budget document released by the Pentagon.

The Insider | April 21, 2022

President Biden and the Pentagon have announced the latest $800 million aid package to Ukraine will include dozens of howitzers and more than 120 new unmanned aerial systems rapidly developed by the Air Force specifically for the Ukrainian military to defend itself against the ongoing Russian invasion.

Daily News | April 20, 2022

Pentagon technology chief Heidi Shyu said today the Defense Department's proposed $130 billion research and development budget is the largest in history, but specifically highlighted the increased investment in emerging science and technology programs.

Daily News | April 18, 2022

U.S. Cyber Command has sent Congress a list identifying $236.4 million in unfunded priorities, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | April 18, 2022

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

The Insider | April 15, 2022

Bill LaPlante today was sworn in as under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, filling the senior-most Pentagon vacancy.

The Insider | April 13, 2022

President Biden has authorized a new $800 million package of U.S. weapons transfers to Ukraine, including helicopters, howitzer cannons, armored vehicles, armed drones, and counterair and counter artillery radars to bolster the Ukrainian military as the ongoing Russian invasion becomes more focused on the eastern region of the country.

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