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 | March 18, 2020

A $45 billion supplemental funding request sent to Congress to combat the COVID-19 outbreak includes $8.3 billion for the Defense Department in the form of an "Emergency Response Fund."

Daily News | March 18, 2020

The Pentagon plans to take a "phased approach" to completing a contract financing study next year that could change the way defense contractors get paid.

The Insider | March 17, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Trump administration is considering federal activation of National Guard and reserve forces to help state and local governments respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Insider | March 17, 2020

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, lawmakers are planning for fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bills to proceed on schedule, with the House slated to mark up committee legislation April 30 and the Senate hoping to get their committee work done by the end of May.

The Insider | March 17, 2020

The Pentagon has begun hosting a daily phone call with defense industry associations to discuss updates to the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to obtain feedback on impacts to the defense industry.

The Insider | March 16, 2020

The Pentagon is trying to keep a "bubble" around Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, whom, starting today, will remain physically separated during the outbreak of COVID-19, according to chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.

The Insider | March 16, 2020

Most public events around Washington have been dramatically curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep an eye on Inside Defense for further coverage and updates.

The Insider | March 12, 2020

All Defense Department contracting officers and program managers are being urged to communicate with the defense contractors regarding the safety and welfare of their workforces amid the "rapidly evolving" COVID-19 global pandemic, according to a new memo from a senior Pentagon official.

Daily News | March 10, 2020

U.S. European Command has sent Congress a $312 million unfunded priorities list, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 10, 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today major Pentagon "new-start" programs, including the Navy's Columbia-class submarine and the Army's new soldier night vision system, would be delayed should Congress pass a stopgap continuing resolution Oct. 1, rather than a regular budget for fiscal year 2021.

Daily News | March 9, 2020

The Defense Department today awarded contracts to begin work on a prototype mobile nuclear reactor under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called "Project Pele."

The Insider | March 9, 2020

The week ahead features a host of congressional hearings with senior Pentagon officials seeking to justify the fiscal year 2021 defense budget request.

Daily News | March 6, 2020

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $1 billion "unfunded priorities" list, which includes aircraft, precision munitions and communications systems mostly to support operations in the Middle East and Africa, according to "for official use only" documents obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 4, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told senators today the Pentagon will not announce the location of the new headquarters for U.S. Space Command until after the November elections because he has ordered the process be redone to be more "transparent."

Daily News | March 4, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord today said the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office is working to prototype a mobile nuclear reactor that could power U.S. military installations in remote locations.

Daily News | March 4, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today that U.S. allies are eying the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification process for possible adoption in their own countries.

The Insider | March 4, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told reporters today she learned "just this morning" that Lockheed Martin has directed all employees at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter facility in Cameri, Italy, to remain home due to coronavirus concerns.

Daily News | March 3, 2020

House lawmakers today pressed the chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration on the proposal to increase NNSA's funding by $3 billion in fiscal year 2021 when the agency already has $8 billion in unspent funds from previous years.

The Insider | March 2, 2020

President Trump has withdrawn his nomination of Elaine McCusker to be Pentagon comptroller, according to congressional staffers with knowledge of the matter.

The Insider | March 2, 2020

Gen. Charles Brown has been nominated to be the next Air Force chief of staff, according to the Defense Department.

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