Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Navy:
1. As the Navy implements Littoral Combat Ship review recommendations, the service is in a "limbo state" transitioning with how the platform is operated and manned.
2. The Navy expects to award as many as three design contracts for the guided-missile frigate replacement program in fiscal year 2020, Inside the Navy has learned.
3. The Navy may have to issue a stop-work order for Knifefish, a vital component of the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package, because the program office is running out of money, Inside the Navy has learned.
4. The Navy's approach to hardening cybersecurity by utilizing talent outside of the service was "validated" through its recent "Hack-our-Ship" event, according to Thresa Lang, Navy cybersecurity division deputy director in the office of the chief of naval operations (N2/N6G).