Highlights from Inside the Navy

By Lee Hudson / March 12, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Here are some must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Navy:

1. Initial cost estimates for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's newly re-shaped Continuous Capability Development and Delivery plan indicate the effort could cost about $16 billion in development and procurement funds through fiscal year 2024 -- though the head of the program told reporters last week that number will likely shrink as the joint program office refines the details of its new strategy.

Full story: Initial F-35 C2D2 costs estimated at $16 billion through FY-24

2. The Navy and Marine Corps have requested roughly $1.7 billion in their fiscal year 2019 unfunded priorities list, a number that is drastically lower compared to previous years, because of an increase in top line budget funding, according to the Navy secretary.

Full story: SECNAV: Navy, Marine Corps lower unfunded list due to top line increase

3. The Marine Corps and F-35 joint program office discovered cost estimates for F-35B sustainment "were underrunning expectations" by 10 to 15 percent.

Full Story: Marines, JPO discover F-35B cost short by 15 percent