Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Marine Corps' external study on F-35 sustainment will focus on long-term maintenance and spare parts inventory.
2. Lawmakers, bending to the reality that cost estimates for the Navy's new aircraft carriers continue to climb, are for a third time raising the cost cap for new Ford-class ships, setting a new statutory threshold of $12.6 billion for the future Enterprise (CVN-80) and follow-on aircraft carriers.
3. The Marine Corps' new tactical decision kits are the service's next step toward training Marines to fight in different operational environments while remaining on base.