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 | June 12, 2018

The Pentagon, in lieu of details or reaction concerning President Trump's unexpected announcement today that the United States would cease military exercises with South Korea, released a statement praising Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Insider | June 12, 2018

Senate deliberations on the $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill have stalled because of arguments among Republicans, according to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

The Insider | June 12, 2018

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said today he is unsettled by President Trump's promise to cease military exercises with South Korea as a concession to North Korea.

The Insider | June 11, 2018

The White House, citing a compressed legislative schedule, is opting to withhold comment on the Senate's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill but plans to do so in the near future, according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget.

The Insider | June 11, 2018

The full Senate is expected to debate the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill this week, while the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the defense spending bill.

Daily News | June 08, 2018

Under new Senate legislation, the Pentagon would be blocked from spending money to grow the size of the military in fiscal year 2019 or to develop a new amphibious assault vehicle before first handing over the results of a massive military review.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

The Senate has begun debate on legislation that could force a broad review and restructuring of the Pentagon's top acquisition programs as the U.S. military wrestles with plans to prioritize global competitions with China and Russia over counterterrorism missions in the Middle East.

The Insider | June 06, 2018

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee seeks to fund Pentagon modernization at $238 billion for fiscal year 2019, slightly above the Trump administration's request and in line with a House authorization bill passed last month, according to a draft of the panel's bill.

The Insider | June 05, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has directed all Pentagon employees to support the first full-scale financial audit, though it may take years to achieve a "clean" opinion, according to a recent department-wide memo.

The Insider | June 05, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is canceling August recess, telling senators to remain in Washington to pass appropriations bills and vote on President Trump's nominees.

Daily News | June 05, 2018

The Pentagon, contradicting an ongoing White House effort to cut the number of federal employees, plans to hire more civilians and reduce the cost of contracted services through in-sourcing, according to its new National Defense Business Operations Plan.

The Insider | June 04, 2018

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee will convene in closed session Thursday to mark up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, following a trend in legislative secrecy that troubles those who advocate for increased government transparency.

The Insider | June 04, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to release a detailed copy of its fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill this week, while senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at a variety of events in the Washington area.

The Insider | May 31, 2018

Since his early days on the job, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has maintained that one of his major lines of effort is the strengthening of U.S. alliances abroad.

Daily News | May 30, 2018

Senate lawmakers want to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authorization for a major roles and missions review that could result in tectonic shifts at the Pentagon, but former senior defense officials say it's not as simple as it sounds, especially if senior leaders aren't on board.

The Insider | May 29, 2018

Army Lt. Gen. Austin Miller has been nominated to serve as the new commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon announcement.

The Insider | May 28, 2018

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at various events around Washington this week, while defense company executives are expected to make presentations at an investor conference in New York. Meanwhile, Congress is out of town and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to authorize military end-strength levels below the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 request to insulate the Pentagon's modernization accounts from the potential return of spending caps in FY-20, according to staffers who briefed reporters Friday on the committee's defense authorization bill.

Daily News | May 24, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill seeks to better align the Defense Department's budget request with the National Defense Strategy and, for the first time in recent memory, requires a major review of the U.S. military's roles, missions and requirements.

The Insider | May 24, 2018

The House voted 351-66 to pass the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill today, a strong bipartisan vote that adheres to funding levels set by a bipartisan budget agreement.

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