Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA -- The Marine Corps is taking a more hands-on approach when conducting its latest advanced technology exercise focused on a rifle company operating in an urban environment.
2. The omnibus appropriations bill passed by the House and Senate calls for reports to be delivered later this year about two major Navy programs.
3. The Navy is taking the first concrete step toward a two-ship carrier purchase by releasing a request for proposals last week to Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding to analyze the potential cost savings.
4. The Missile Defense Agency is exploring whether the Navy's newest interceptor -- originally designed to intercept medium- and intermediate-range threats -- can extend its reach to strike intercontinental ballistic missiles, a new gambit to bolster defense of the United States from North Korean ballistic missile threats.