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 | April 12, 2022

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who recently met with dozens of defense business executives, said today the Pentagon is discussing the ongoing impact of historic inflation with both large and small defense contractors, but noted there has not yet been a substantial uptick in requests for equitable adjustments to contract prices.

The Insider | April 11, 2022

Senior defense leaders are scheduled to speak at several events this week. Congress is on spring recess for the next two weeks.

The Insider | April 8, 2022

The Senate has voted to confirm Bill LaPlante as Pentagon acquisition chief.

Daily News | April 8, 2022

The Army has sent Congress an unfunded priorities list totaling $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2023, with more than $2.4 billion identified for accelerating planned weapons investments, including combat vehicles, Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense systems and radar equipment, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 7, 2022

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a list of unfunded priorities totaling $656 million, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 7, 2022

U.S. European Command has decided against sending Congress an unfunded priorities list, but wants lawmakers to be aware that the crisis in Ukraine remains "dynamic and evolving" and could necessitate urgent funding in the future, according to a letter to Congress obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 6, 2022

The head of U.S. Space Command has sent Congress a $74 million unfunded priorities list, citing his concerns over continued Russian and Chinese investment in anti-space capabilities intended to challenge the United States, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 6, 2022

The Navy has identified $4 billion in unfunded priorities in a new letter to Congress, but has not included any ships, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 6, 2022

U.S. Southern Command has sent Congress a fiscal year 2023 unfunded priorities list totaling more than $270 million, saying much of the money would go toward increasing the capabilities of U.S. allies in the region, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | April 6, 2022

President Biden has authorized the Defense Department to transfer $100 million worth of Javelin anti-armor weapons to Ukraine so it can continue to defend itself against a Russian military invasion.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

The Marine Corps has sent Congress a $3.5 billion unfunded priorities list, with $2.2 billion being sought for the procurement of weapon systems, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told lawmakers today the fiscal year 2023 defense budget assumes an "obviously incorrect" level of inflation, while Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord pledged to work with congressional defense committees to provide a more accurate picture of the U.S. military's lost buying power in the coming months.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

U.S. Northern Command has sent Congress a $135 million list of unfunded priorities for fiscal year 2023 focused on procuring additional information technology equipment and refurbishing aging infrastructure, according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

Adm. Charles Richard, chief of U.S. Strategic Command, wants Congress to know that he believes President Biden's fiscal year 2023 defense budget reflects the "essential minimum" required for nuclear national security, telling lawmakers he sees the need for a low-yield nuclear weapon to address a "deterrence and assurance gap," according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | April 4, 2022

While the Defense Department continues to use hundreds of millions of dollars in "drawdown authority" granted by President Biden to transfer weapons to Ukraine from existing U.S. stocks, the Pentagon announced Friday it would also begin buying $300 million in new systems for Ukraine from defense contractors.

Daily News | April 4, 2022

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has sent Congress a list of unfunded priorities totaling about $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2023, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 4, 2022

U.S. Central Command has for now identified a single item on the annual unfunded priorities list it sent to Congress: $35 million to replenish GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators, sometimes called "bunker buster" bombs, according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | April 4, 2022

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill twice this week on the fiscal year 2023 defense budget request. Other senior defense officials, meanwhile, are slated to speak publicly at several conferences.

Daily News | April 1, 2022

Washington analysts who have had several days to dissect the fiscal year 2023 defense budget request criticized the White House and Pentagon today for using unrealistic inflation assumptions, but were uniform in their predictions that Congress would add tens of billions more to the Pentagon's coffers.

The Insider | April 1, 2022

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing on the fiscal year 2023 defense budget Thursday with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

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