Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Joint Strike Fighter availability rate holds at a steady 50 percent, but a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester reveals an increase in the number of jets that cannot fly because maintenance personnel are awaiting replacement parts.
2. The Marine Corps modified the interior layout of the Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade so that a troop commander can easily exit the vehicle through the ramp in the back.
3. The Navy is broadening the mission set of the P-8A Poseidon fleet to include anti-surface warfare, disaster response, search and rescue and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.