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 | May 5, 2021

The Senate Armed Services Committee is slated to meet May 11 to consider nominations for two senior Pentagon jobs.

The Insider | May 3, 2021

Senior defense officials are scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill this week and several defense companies are holding quarterly earnings calls.

Daily News | April 30, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today she finds it "fascinating" how many lawmakers have called the Pentagon's proposed $715 billion budget either too low or too high without knowing what is in it.

Daily News | April 30, 2021

The Defense Department announced today that all border barrier projects have been canceled, meaning that unobligated military construction funds diverted by former President Trump to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will be sent back to the Pentagon.

Daily News | April 30, 2021

Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Stacy Cummings told lawmakers this week the Defense Department wants to focus on "modernizing" the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, rather than accelerate production of the aircraft, which has become the target of renewed congressional criticism.

The Insider | April 29, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today the committee has made the "difficult decision" to delay the mark-up of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill because of the "uncertainty" of the White House budget submission timing.

Daily News | April 29, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said this week he wants to identify legacy Pentagon programs that can be eliminated or reduced so new investments can be made in information systems, like the financial management technology required to audit the Defense Department.

Daily News | April 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

The Insider | April 27, 2021

The Senate voted 49-45 along party lines to confirm Colin Kahl as under secretary of defense for policy following weeks of GOP opposition.

The Insider | April 27, 2021

President Biden intends to nominate former Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall to be Air Force secretary, according to a White House announcement naming him and several other key administration picks.

The Insider | April 26, 2021

The White House has released the names of several individuals President Biden intends to nominate for senior Pentagon positions.

The Insider | April 26, 2021

Senior Pentagon officials are slated to speak at a variety of events around Washington this week, while several large defense contractors hold annual earnings calls.

The Insider | April 22, 2021

The Defense Department will spend the next two years reviewing all major military installations in the United States and abroad regarding potential exposure to climate hazards.

Daily News | April 22, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smtih (D-WA), who will help shape the upcoming defense policy bill, said today he wants the Pentagon to change the way it does business with defense contractors, especially with intellectual property arrangements, so the government can lower costs and promote greater competition.

Daily News | April 22, 2021

Defense industry analysts say the selection of Michael Brown, who previously headed Symantec and, more recently, the Defense Innovation Unit, to lead Pentagon acquisition signals a continued emphasis on software modernization and faster innovation.

The Insider | April 21, 2021

Vice President Harris cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate Wednesday evening to advance the embattled nomination of Colin Kahl to be under secretary of defense for policy.

The Insider | April 21, 2021

President Biden intends to nominate Pentagon official Ely Ratner to be assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, according to the White House.

The Insider | April 21, 2021

The Senate has confirmed Adm. John Aquilino to be chief of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the area of operations being prioritized by the Pentagon, which sees China as its "pacing challenge."

The Insider | April 19, 2021

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several congressional hearings this week, while defense company executives discuss quarterly earnings.

The Insider | April 16, 2021

President Biden intends to nominate Pentagon official Mara Karlin to become assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities, according to the White House.

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