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 | March 2, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said he is in discussions with Democrats about potentially supporting a bill that would direct the Trump administration to return $3.8 billion in Pentagon procurement spending it has redirected to build a wall on the southern border.

The Insider | March 2, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials, including the defense secretary, are slated to appear at a slew of events in Washington this week as congressional hearing season moves into full swing.

Daily News | February 27, 2020

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said today he has plans to "claw back" billions of defense dollars the Trump administration has slated for modernizing nuclear weapons and building a southern border wall.

Daily News | February 26, 2020

Pentagon leaders appeared before skeptical lawmakers today to pitch them a budget plan that would cut legacy weapons in favor of new technologies -- a tall task given Congress' traditional resistance to ambitious change and the Defense Department's checkered modernization record.

The Insider | February 26, 2020

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Armed Services Committee made clear today they do not support the Pentagon's decision to reprogram $3.8 billion in weapon spending toward construction of President Trump's southern border wall.

Daily News | February 25, 2020

The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today the Air Force's budget request should be revised to allow for retention of aerial refueling aircraft slated for divestiture because of ongoing delays to the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker.

Daily News | February 24, 2020

House lawmakers on Wednesday will hear from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who will attempt to justify their fiscal year 2021 budget request amid political opposition to the Pentagon’s bankrolling of President Trump's border wall.

The Insider | February 24, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are slated to appear before Congress to justify the fiscal year 2021 budget request.

Daily News | February 21, 2020

U.S. Transportation Command says its top unfunded priority is aerial refueling and recommends Congress provide additional funds beyond its regular budget request for the KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | February 21, 2020

U.S. Central Command is asking Congress for $371 million for "unfunded priorities," most of which would go to purchase MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles, which were recently cut to pay for President Trump's wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | February 21, 2020

The chief of U.S. Northern Command has submitted a list of unfunded priorities to Congress seeking additional funds for Arctic communications and radar to counter cruise missiles and drones, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | February 19, 2020

An internal Pentagon review that resulted in $5.7 billion in savings has led to the termination of three classified weapons programs managed by the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, according to newly released budget documents.

The Insider | February 19, 2020

President Trump today tweeted that Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood will be leaving his post.

The Insider | February 19, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are slated to testify Feb. 26 before the House Armed Services Committee.

The Insider | February 18, 2020

Senior defense officials are scheduled to discuss the fiscal year 2020 budget request at several Washington venues this week. Congress is out.

The Insider | February 13, 2020

A key House Republican joined Democrats in blasting the Defense Department today for diverting $3.8 billion in weapons funding to construct President Trump's wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Daily News | February 13, 2020

The Defense Department is transferring $3.8 billion from various procurement programs to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | February 13, 2020

President Trump intends to make two new nominations for senior Pentagon positions, according to a White House announcement.

Daily News | February 12, 2020

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today his first look at the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget left him with "heartburn" over several issues, but stressed he supports the overall request.

The Insider | February 11, 2020

The Defense Department is requesting $23 billion for its military intelligence program in fiscal year 2021, according to a Pentagon statement.

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