Michael Fabey

Michael Fabey
Naval Editor,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Michael is a military reporter specializing in U.S. Defense Department contract analysis and naval programs. Prior to working for Aviation Week, he reported on military matters for Defense News and mainstream newspapers from Newport News, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
Before focusing on defense issues, he lived in Brazil, and worked for a variety of publications including The Economist and O. Estado de S. Paulo. He has won national, state and regional journalism awards and is a frequent panel speaker for Investigative Reporters & Editors on military investigations.
Michael received the 2014 Timothy White Award from ABM, the association of business information and media companies.

U.S., Japan Hone Submarine Warfare Skills In Guam 

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine SS 503JS Hakuryu conducted a brief mission in the Submarine Multi-Mission Team Trainer (SMMTT) at Naval Base Guam during the last week of April.

The mission and training were observed by Rear Adm. William R. Merz, commander, Submarine Group 7, and Vice Adm. Masakazu Kaji, commander, Fleet Submarine Force, who were in Guam for a meeting and a base tour.

CSIS: North Korea, China Actions Spark New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines 

The new defense guidelines for the U.S. and Japan are meant in no small way to counter recent actions by North Korea and China, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

U.S. Navy Approves IED Jammer For Operational Testing 
The Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Electronic Warfare (JCrew) program has been approved for operational testing, Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) confirmed April 30.
Fort Worth Completes Singapore Checkup 
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3USS Fort Worth departed its maintenance and logistics hub in Singapore on April 30 after a five-day preventative maintenance availability (PMAV) and a two-week repair availability (RAV), U.S. Navy officials say.
U.S., ROK Cooperate On Regional ASW Planning 
Senior leaders from the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies met at the headquarters of the Republic of Korea Fleet earlier this month for a series of staff talks on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) cooperation, U.S. Navy officials say.
U.S., Chinese Navy Officials Meet In China 

Senior navy leaders from the U.S. 7th Fleet and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) met earlier this month in Zhanjiang, China, “for a professional exchange of ideas” in a variety of technical and operational topics on board the Chinese ship Mount Jinggang at PLAN South Sea Fleet Headquarters, U.S. Navy officials say.

U.S., Japanese Leaders Detail New Defense Guidelines 
American and Japanese national security leaders detailed new guidelines for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation on April 27, saying the rules will promote peace and stability in the region and worldwide, Defense Department officials say.
Getting C-27Js Ready For USCG Carries Risks, GAO Says 
Proving again that nothing is truly free, the U.S. Coast Guard still has some costs to incur – and risks to take – with the C-27J aircraft that the service is getting from the Air Force, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports.
USS Wasp Showcases Improvements 
The LHD 1 amphibious assault ship USS Wasp is starting to publicly show off its recent upgrades.
U.S. Drone Strikes To Continue With Openness, ‘Utmost Care,’ Carter Says 
In the wake of recent publicity about U.S. drone attacks causing accidental civilian deaths, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the unmanned operations will continue with the same level of transparency.
Destroyer USS McFaul Deploys For BMD Missions 
The guided-missile destroyer DDG 74 USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this month for an independent deployment in support of ballistic missile defense (BMD), maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, U.S. Navy officials say.
HASC Subcommittee Markup Strengthens U.S. Naval Forces 
The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces’ markup of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2016 authorization bill looks to bolster U.S. Naval forces across the board.
Most Pentagon DFARS Rules Issued Without Notice, Comment, GAO Says 
The Defense Department (DOD) has issued more than three-quarters of its final and interim Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rules thus far this decade without prior notice and comment before they became effective, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says.
Fort Worth Proves A Good Fleet Fit 
By all accounts, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 has proved its mettle in the Western Pacific.
Pentagon Vows To Better Manage Spare Parts Inventory After IG Report 
The Defense Department (DOD) is now working to better manage its spare parts inventory in the wake of recent Pentagon Inspector General (IG) findings, the IG says.
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