Here are some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. The Navy's top admiral last week said the service may consider making "first moves" in the Black Sea region to force responses from Russia and other competitors in the area, but in an interview with Inside Defense said those actions could fall short of being labeled as "aggressive."
2. The Navy formulated its fiscal year 2020 budget with the service's new maritime strategy at the "very front" of the process, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told Inside Defense in a Feb. 7 interview.
3. The Marine Corps' new Amphibious Combat Vehicle performed effectively in 15 out of 16 missions, according to the Defense Department's top weapons tester, but should look into alterations to improve its steering issues.
4. The Defense Department is preparing to ask Congress for an increase of more than $100 billion in its controversial warfighting account to skirt a mandatory budget cap, but some government officials are worried it will only further the account's appearance as a slush fund.