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 25, 2019

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $600 million reprogramming request for near-term hurricane recovery, but will need supplemental funding to cover $9 billion in damage across multiple fiscal years, according to an internal memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

Daily News | March 25, 2019

The Air Force has sent Congress a $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2020, the bulk of which would be used to procure additional KC-46 tankers and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 25, 2019

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $4 billion list of unfunded military lab construction priorities that were not approved for the fiscal year 2020 budget submission, but that Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin would like to see completed anyway, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | March 25, 2019

The Army has sent Congress a $2.3 billion list of unfunded priorities, including more than $1 billion for readiness requirements, $403 million in weapon system "lethality" upgrades, $247 million for modernization and $564.5 million for infrastructure requirements, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | March 25, 2019

The week ahead is packed with defense events as acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and other senior defense officials testify on Capitol Hill.

The Insider | March 22, 2019

The Pentagon today released acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan's ethics agreement, which details the “screening arrangement” he implemented to ensure he is not improperly involved in matters related to Boeing, his former employer for more than 30 years.

The Insider | March 21, 2019

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said today the Trump administration and Congress are "going to have a hard time reconciling" the presence of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Turkey, but stopped short of saying he would recommend pausing deliveries of the aircraft.

Daily News | March 20, 2019

The Defense Department's inspector general says it will investigate allegations brought by a Washington watchdog group that acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan violated ethics rules and improperly favored Boeing, his former employer, in the awarding of defense contracts.

The Insider | March 20, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today he is ready to persuade lawmakers who remain skeptical of the Pentagon's Space Force proposal, pointing out there is bipartisan agreement on a variety of space-based initiatives.

The Insider | March 19, 2019

The Pentagon has produced new data breaking down state-by-state impacts of defense spending at the county-level so local officials can build "resiliency" into their workforces and supply chains, according to Patrick O'Brien, director of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

Daily News | March 18, 2019

The Pentagon has submitted to Congress a list of military construction projects from around the globe that could be delayed to finance the construction of a wall on the southern border.

The Insider | March 18, 2019

The Defense Department is requesting $22.95 billion for its military intelligence program in fiscal year 2020, which includes base budget funding as well as the Overseas Contingency Operations accounts, according to a Pentagon statement.

The Insider | March 18, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and other senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at conferences in the Washington area this week. Congress is out.

Daily News | March 15, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is threatening to restrict Defense Department budgetary transfer authority as the Pentagon contemplates overturning decades of precedent to reprogram up to $2.5 billion to fund a wall on the southern border.

The Insider | March 14, 2019

The Senate voted 59-41 in favor of a resolution terminating President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, with 12 Republicans breaking ranks and voting with Democrats. Trump tweeted the word "VETO" shortly after the vote. (UPDATED)

Daily News | March 14, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan sought to defend the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget on Capitol Hill today as senators cited the Defense Department for misusing its Overseas Contingency Operations account to circumvent statutory spending caps.

The Insider | March 14, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today said the Pentagon needs a $718 billion budget in fiscal year 2020, partly to address new military investments being made by China.

The Insider | March 13, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Republicans have sent a "views and estimates" letter to the Democrat-led House Budget Committee backing the White House's request for a $750 billion defense budget, arguing it is in line with increases previously supported by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

The Insider | March 13, 2019

A Washington watchdog group has filed a complaint against Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, requesting the Defense Department's inspector general investigate allegations he has improperly favored his former employer Boeing in the awarding of defense contracts.

Daily News | March 13, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he favors a $733 billion topline for defense spending, less than the $750 billion requested by the White House this week.

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