Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Pentagon's independent operational test and evaluation office has warned the Navy its CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is unlikely to meet the service's goal of declaring initial operational capability in December 2019, becoming the second office to do so.
2. The F-35 program office has not purchased another F-35B ground article nearly a year after halting durability testing because the original test jet was no longer production representative.
3. The Marine Corps plans to kick off in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 a new competition to replace its aging Light Armored Vehicle fleet.