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 | November 30, 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted today to advance the nomination of Lockheed Martin executive John Rood, tapped to be under secretary of defense for policy, despite concerns lawmakers voiced over his potential conflicts of interest.

The Insider | November 30, 2017

Some must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Pentagon.

Daily News | November 29, 2017

The Pentagon's acquisition chief and military service secretaries are heading to Capitol Hill Dec. 7 to update the Senate Armed Services Committee on the ongoing restructuring of the Defense Department's procurement system.

The Insider | November 28, 2017

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea Japan today, according to an initial assessment by the Pentagon.

The Insider | November 28, 2017

Top Democrats were scheduled to meet Tuesday with President Trump to discuss a budget deal to avert an impending government shutdown, but Democrats canceled the meeting and bipartisan talks on Capitol Hill came to a halt after Trump released a tweet saying he saw no potential for compromise.

The Insider | November 28, 2017

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, says coalition forces have "turned a corner" in the 16-year effort to defeat the Taliban.

The Insider | November 27, 2017

The Defense Department keeps spending substantially more on contracts in September, the final month of the fiscal year, than all other months, a practice that continues to spur concerns about inefficiency and waste, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.

The Insider | November 27, 2017

The week ahead features appearances by senior DOD officials at the Association of Old Crows annual sympsium, plus several defense company executives at a Credit Suisse conference in Palm Beach, FL, and a hearing with national security experts on Capitol Hill.

Daily News | November 24, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee is concerned the Defense Department lacks visibility into the massive amount of money it spends every year on services contracts and is urging the Pentagon to implement "effective control mechanisms."

The Insider | November 22, 2017

The Defense Business Board is scheduled to meet Dec. 6 to discuss the cost of the Pentagon's workforce, according to a Federal Register notice.

Daily News | November 21, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee today released a defense spending bill that surpasses statutory budget caps by more than $32 billion.

Daily News | November 21, 2017

The Defense Department and contractors have two years to ready for a new provision in the defense authorization bill requiring large contractors who file losing bid protests with the Government Accountability Office to pay the Pentagon's costs in processing the protest.

The Insider | November 20, 2017

The week ahead in Washington is compressed because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but major defense legislation is headed to the White House for President Trump's signature and lawmakers have begun negotiations on a final fiscal year 2018 appropriations package.

The Insider | November 17, 2017

Two senior Democrats want U.S. forces in Afghanistan to reverse a new policy that classifies information about the Afghan military that was previously unclassified, according to a letter they sent to President Trump.

The Insider | November 17, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and his House counterpart Mac Thornberry (R-TX) are calling on congressional negotiators to support the roughly $700 billion defense authorization bill they successfully moved through Congress this week.

Daily News | November 17, 2017

The Defense Department continues to move from "audit readiness" toward a full audit in fiscal year 2018, according to a recent report to Congress.

The Insider | November 16, 2017

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) opposes extending the stopgap continuing resolution into next year and is urging lawmakers to reach a bipartisan spending deal before the current CR expires Dec. 8.

The Insider | November 16, 2017

The Senate passed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference bill by voice vote today, sending the legislation to the White House for President Trump's signature.

Daily News | November 16, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) banded together today over concerns about potential conflicts of interest for John Rood, a Lockheed Martin executive nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy.

Daily News | November 15, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) differ on many defense policy issues, but have reached bipartisan agreement that the congressional budget process is "broken" and that the Pentagon's acquisition system is too resistant to reform.

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