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 | February 11, 2020

The Defense Department is requesting $6.8 billion in military construction for fiscal year 2021, a $9 billion reduction from the previous year.

Daily News | February 10, 2020

The White House Office of Management and Budget is projecting essentially flat annual budgets for the Pentagon over the next five years, well below the 3%-5% growth above inflation Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military will need every year to reorient itself toward China and Russia.

The Insider | February 10, 2020

The Defense Department will send its fiscal year 2021 budget request to Congress this week, while senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak around the Washington area.

Daily News | February 8, 2020

The Defense Department is proposing a spending increase in fiscal year 2021 for developmental technologies to prepare for 21st century competitions with China and Russia, but that new boost is coming amid a flat budget and at the expense of existing weapon systems, according to a summary of DOD’s request to Congress reviewed by Inside Defense.

The Insider | February 6, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper this week called on all Defense Department personnel to avoid partisan entanglements in the run up to the 2020 election that could damage the credibility of the U.S. military as an apolitical institution.

Daily News | February 6, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon, on the heels of several spending increases granted by Congress, must "brace" itself for a stagnant budget, though he wants to get on track to 3%-5% annual growth in the coming years.

Daily News | February 5, 2020

An internal review has found $5.7 billion in fiscal year 2021 budget cuts the Pentagon wants to reinvest in emerging technologies like hypersonics, space, missile defense and artificial intelligence, according to a report slated to be delivered to Congress.

The Insider | February 3, 2020

The president is scheduled to make his State of the Union address this week, while Defense Secretary Mark Esper is slated to speak about the National Defense Strategy.

The Insider | January 31, 2020

The Trump administration's decision to lift a ban on using anti-personnel landmines outside the Korean Peninsula will protect U.S. forces, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

The Insider | January 31, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper released guidance today aimed at reducing the potential threat of the rapidly spreading coronavirus responsible for nearly 10,000 infections in China.

Daily News | January 30, 2020

The U.S. military is wrestling with how best to evaluate weapon systems focused on the space and cyber domains, despite a new budgetary focus on procuring emerging technologies in both areas, according to the annual report from the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

The Insider | January 30, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the United States is working with the Iraqi government to deploy a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery capable of intercepting the type of short-range ballistic missiles Iran used to attack U.S. forces in Iraq earlier this month.

The Insider | January 29, 2020

The Defense Department recently changed the titles of two senior leadership positions.

The Insider | January 28, 2020

A senior Pentagon official said today there is concern the South Korean government could allow telecommunications providers to build a new, high-speed 5G wireless network with equipment made by Chinese technology giant Huawei.

The Insider | January 27, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials are slated to speak at a host of events around the Washington area this week, while several large defense companies will hold quarterly earnings calls.

Daily News | January 24, 2020

The Pentagon has released its new Adaptive Acquisition Framework, which defense officials say will dramatically accelerate a notoriously slow and cumbersome system.

Daily News | January 24, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on Congress today to take a "leap" and support the Pentagon's plans to divest legacy weapon systems so new investments can be made in emerging technologies.

The Insider | January 23, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper provided a brief budget preview yesterday, telling reporters the Pentagon intends to invest new money in weapon system modernization.

Daily News | January 21, 2020

Army and Navy leaders took the Pentagon's internal spending debate public last week as they discussed a variety of stresses on their respective budgets, following new orders from Defense Secretary Mark Esper mandating aggressive "clean sheet" reviews for next year.

Daily News | January 17, 2020

A top Pentagon acquisition official says he is "proud" of the Army for heading back to the drawing board after canceling its initial plans to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, but urged the service to be more flexible with the requirements it sets for defense contractors.

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