Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Pentagon's acquisition executive has approved the Standard Missile-3 Block IB for full production, paving the way for the Missile Defense Agency to advance its first proposal to negotiate a multiyear procurement contract.
2. Budget uncertainty may stall a contract award this spring to construct an F-35B vertical lift-fan test facility at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, to support depot-level maintenance.
3. President Trump came into office a year ago promising to grow the Navy to 350 ships, a vow cheered by shipbuilders and congressional supporters.
4. The Navy is "not declaring victory" over the problem of pilots suffering physiological episodes in the T-45C Goshawk trainer or the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet although rates of occurrence have greatly decreased in the trainers.