Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg Government

Tony Capaccio

Bloomberg Government

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Tony:

US Puts $2 Billion Into Plants Making Ammo Vital to Ukraine (1)

The US Army is investing about $2 billion to expand and boost production of the munitions that have played a crucial role in the war in Ukraine. → Read More

Jan. 6 panel to receive Secret Service texts after data loss

The House committee investigating the US Capitol assault expects to receive text messages it has subpoenaed from the Secret Service by Tuesday, panel member Zoe Lofgren said. → Read More

Pentagon Weighs Ending Speedy Payments to Contractors Started for the Pandemic

The Pentagon is reviewing whether to end increased progress payments to defense contractors, a policy started two years ago to buffer the impact of Covid-19 on subcontractors. Under the program, $6.7 billion was expedited through December. → Read More

Biden announces new steps to address supply-chain disruptions

President Biden took several steps to address supply-chain problems as he met leaders from major global economies, including the European Union, to address recent disruptions. → Read More

Biden Asks Pentagon Deputy David Norquist to Be Acting Secretary

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is asking Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist to step in as acting secretary of defense, according to two transition officials. → Read More

Next-generation US nuclear sub facing cost overruns, delays

The US Navy's plan to deliver the first vessel in its $128 billion next-generation submarine program on time is at risk by a dependence on inexperienced contractors with spotty quality control track records, according to a congressional watchdog. → Read More

A $17 billion pot of national security stimulus aid goes begging

A $17 billion pot of national-security stimulus aid goes begging → Read More

Limited probe finds no interference in Microsoft’s $10b Pentagon win

The Defense Department’s watchdog found no evidence that the Pentagon’s controversial decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft Corp. was the result of interference from President Trump, though it said its probe was limited by the White House. → Read More

Pentagon confirms it’s seeking 100,000 body bags in virus crisis

Say up to 200,000 Americans could die from coronavirus. → Read More

Pentagon seeking 100,000 body bags for civilians in virus crisis

The Pentagon is looking into buying more bags and will draw some initially from a stockpile of 50,000 it maintains. → Read More

U.S. Mistakenly Awarded $877 Million Meant for Disabled Vets

The Pentagon mistakenly awarded $876.8 million in contracts to ineligible small businesses supposedly owned by disabled veterans in the fiscal years 2017 and 2018, according to the Defense Department’s inspector general. → Read More

Pentagon Seeks $10.3 Billion to Buy the Stealthy B-21 Raider

The Pentagon is planning to spend almost $10.3 billion over four years to buy Northrop Grumman Corp.'s new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, according to budget projections for fiscal 2021 to 2025. → Read More

Pentagon racks up $35 trillion in accounting adjustments in one year

The total is larger than the entire US economy and underscores the Defense Department’s continuing difficulty in balancing its books. → Read More

Pratt & Whitney’s $66 Billion F-35 Engine Program Under Review

The Pentagon’s audit agency is digging into cost and pricing data for F-35 engines to determine why United Technology Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit isn’t extracting more savings from subcontractors on their share of the biggest U.S. weapons program. → Read More

Army Plans to Expand Asian Cyber Efforts to Counter China

The U.S. Army will expand efforts to counter China by deploying a specialized task force to the Pacific capable of conducting information, electronic, cyber and missile operations against Beijing. → Read More

U.S. Adds to Mideast Forces, Denies Exit From Iraq After Errant Letter

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. hasn’t decided whether to leave Iraq after reports of an Army letter purportedly telling military officials in Baghdad that American forces were repositioning in advance of a departure. → Read More

Pentagon Chief Esper to Brief Congress on Strike: Iran Update

(Bloomberg) -- Mourners packed the streets of Tehran Monday as the world braced for Iran’s response to the U.S. killing in Baghdad of Qassem Soleimani, who ran Iran’s foreign military operations and expanded its influence across the Middle East. Iraq’s parliament reacted by asking the government to work → Read More

Pentagon Chief to Review Cloud Contract Trump Says Favors Amazon

(Bloomberg) -- New Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract after President Donald Trump endorsed criticism that Inc. is being given an unfair advantage for the contract valued at as much as $10 billion.Esper, who took charge of the Pentagon → Read More

Pentagon Tops $2 Trillion in Costs to Field Major Arms Programs

The total projected costs to field major U.S. military weapons systems topped $2 trillion in 2018, as the Pentagon planned to boost key missile and aircraft programs, according to the Defense Department’s latest annual assessment. → Read More

Trump’s New Helicopter Has a Flaw: It Scorches the White House Lawn

(Bloomberg) -- The presidential helicopter isn’t supposed to leave scorch marks on the White House lawn. So the Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. are working to fix a “high risk” problem after the new Marine One did just that in a test without the president on board.The first in a $5 billion fleet of new → Read More