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.

The Insider | February 15, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Pentagon.

Daily News | February 15, 2018

The military service vice chiefs, who last year generated alarm by testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. military readiness had been compromised, this week delivered a more optimistic message following a bipartisan budget deal poised to pump an additional $165 billion into the Defense Department over the next two years.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

The Pentagon, which will no longer lobby Congress for another round of base realignments and closures, intends to find $6 billion in efficiencies in fiscal year 2019 by establishing a new management task force composed of senior officials and executing a variety of unnamed initiatives.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

Before Congress finalized a two-year spending deal, the Defense Department planned to finance a multibillion-dollar budget buildup through its controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account. Now, it is reversing course and projects it will begin phasing out OCO in FY-20.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Trump administration today unveiled the outlines of a $686 billion budget for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2019 that includes a $20 billion placeholder for military spending increases set as part of the recent two-year budget deal.

The Insider | February 12, 2018

The Pentagon will submit its fiscal year 2019 budget Monday, and the service vice chiefs are scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill later in the week on military readiness. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to Italy for a NATO ministerial.

The Insider | February 09, 2018

The White House Office of Management and Budget will submit the fiscal year 2019 budget request Monday and is updating it to reflect the two-year, $300 billion spending agreement Congress reached early this morning, according to a senior OMB official.

The Insider | February 09, 2018

Congress, after a short government shutdown last night, has approved a two-year budget agreement that would provide an additional $165 billion in defense spending. 

Daily News | February 08, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, citing an ongoing Pentagon audit, pledged today to "wisely" spend the $165 billion in additional defense funding Congress is poised to grant the Defense Department in fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Daily News | February 07, 2018

Senate leaders today broke a political logjam over federal spending, announcing a two-year budget agreement that would raise statutory caps on defense spending for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by $165 billion, a deal that -- if agreed to by the House and enacted -- would exceed increases for the Pentagon proposed last year by the Trump administration.

The Insider | February 07, 2018

The Senate has reached a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement that would increase defense and non-defense spending, GOP and Democratic lawmakers announced today.

The Insider | February 07, 2018

The House voted 245-182 Tuesday night to pass a six-week continuing resolution to avert a Thursday shutdown, though the bill is sure to be blocked by Democrats in the Senate, who have been working with their GOP counterparts on a bipartisan spending agreement.

The Insider | February 06, 2018

Senate leaders from both parties said today they are within reach of a bipartisan budget agreement that would avert a government shutdown Thursday and provide increases for defense and non-defense spending.

Daily News | February 06, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today told lawmakers the Pentagon's upcoming fiscal year 2019 budget request will make new investments in emerging technology areas necessary to address threats from China and Russia.

The Insider | February 06, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lashed out at Congress today for failing to provide fiscal year 2018 funding for the Defense Department in the face of ongoing military engagements in the Middle East and rising threats from Russia and China.

The Insider | February 05, 2018

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) has introduced a stopgap continuing resolution that provides full for funding for defense and extends funding for the rest of the federal government until March 23.

The Insider | February 05, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will head to Capitol Hill this week to discuss the Nuclear Posture Review and National Defense Strategy with lawmakers. Meanwhile, a short-term continuing resolution is set to expire Thursday, threatening another government shutdown. Several defense contractors are slated to present at a conference.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

In its new Nuclear Posture Review, released today, the Pentagon calls for lowering the yield of some existing submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads and reinstating the sea-launched cruise missile program to address threats posed by Russia and China.

Daily News | February 01, 2018

The Pentagon has officially disestablished the office of its top acquisition official and will spend the next four months executing a congressionally directed restructuring aimed at separating the management and sustainment of weapon systems and services from research and engineering.

Daily News | February 01, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), one of Capitol Hill's top defense hawks, said today congressional leaders are nearing a budget deal, but stopped short of promising it would prevent another government shutdown.

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