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 | October 17, 2018

President Trump said today the Defense Department's budget in fiscal year 2020 will "probably be $700 billion," a potential cut of approximately 2.3 percent, though he said other departments will be asked to make 5 percent cuts. (UPDATED)

Daily News | October 17, 2018

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that all U.S. sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia should be halted pending an international investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Daily News | October 16, 2018

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord is increasing oversight of developmental weapon programs for which the military seeks to use a new rapid prototyping authority granted by Congress.

The Insider | October 15, 2018

The Defense Business Board will meet Nov. 7 at the Pentagon to discuss industry-government exchanges as directed by the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Federal Register notice.

The Insider | October 15, 2018

The National Defense Industrial Association hosts senior Navy officials at its annual expeditionary warfare conference this week, while lawmakers have scheduled one confirmation hearing for senior Pentagon nominees.

Daily News | October 15, 2018

The Pentagon is preparing to receive long-awaited recommendations on technical data rights reform from a congressionally mandated advisory group.

Daily News | October 10, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said a new aircraft readiness directive ordering the Air Force and the Navy to achieve 80 percent readiness rates for four key tactical fighter jets by the end of this fiscal year will help the Pentagon prove to Congress it is effectively spending a recent funding boost and make the case that further relief from statutory budget caps is warranted.

Daily News | October 10, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, one of the chief architects of the Pentagon's upcoming budget request, provided new details today on the modernization "retooling" required to position the U.S. military for a new era of competition against China and Russia.

The Insider | October 08, 2018

The Association of the United States Army holds its annual convention in Washington this week, featuring an array of senior Pentagon officials.

Daily News | October 04, 2018

Senior Pentagon officials say they are prepared to spend new money and take other actions to “selectively intervene” in the U.S. defense supply chain if they deem it necessary to protect the industrial base from “predatory” Chinese influence or market-driven failures.

Daily News | October 04, 2018

The U.S. defense industrial base is increasingly at risk, specifically from China, and in need of new, direct investments at the subcontractor level to prevent single points of failure and dependence on foreign sources, according to a long-awaited Pentagon report commissioned by President Trump.

Daily News | October 04, 2018

Though Congress recently broke a streak of fiscal dysfunction and provided on-time funding to the Pentagon for the first time in a decade, some lawmakers say there could be a partisan budget fight looming, particularly if Democrats win a majority in one or both chambers of Congress.

Daily News | October 01, 2018

The Pentagon, beset by congressional opposition and industry outcry, is backing off a controversial proposal that would have reduced defense contractor progress payments, according to a statement from Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

Daily News | October 01, 2018

Defense committee lawmakers have granted the Pentagon authority to reprogram funds for a new upgrade to the Air Force's 30,000-pound bunker-busting bomb designed to hit deeply buried targets, but the Senate Appropriations Committee has denied most of the service's original request.

The Insider | October 01, 2018

Defense Secretary Mattis travels to Europe this week for a NATO ministerial, while senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at different events around the Washington area.

The Insider | September 28, 2018

President Trump today signed a massive spending package containing $675 billion for defense, granting the Pentagon its first on-time budget in a decade.

The Insider | September 26, 2018

The House today voted 361-61 to pass an $857 billion fiscal year 2019 "minibus" spending package that includes $675 billion for defense and positions the Pentagon to get its first on-time appropriation in a decade.

Daily News | September 26, 2018

As the House sits poised to pass an on-time defense spending package for the first time in a decade, Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee today staked out opposing territory in what is slated to become a major fight over the future of the U.S. defense budget, especially if mid-term elections are carried by a blue wave.

The Insider | September 25, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he is confident President Trump will not veto a massive spending bill set to be passed by the House as early as Wednesday, despite the president's frustrations over the legislation's failure to include funding for a southern border wall.

Daily News | September 25, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) have sent a letter to the Pentagon opposing plans to reduce defense contractor progress payments, arguing that doing so is "inconsistent" with congressional intent. (UPDATED)

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