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.

Obama Wants New Coast Guard Icebreaker Earlier 
The Obama administration says it wants to accelerate the acquisition of a replacement heavy icebreaker to 2020 from 2022, begin planning for construction of additional icebreakers and call on Congress to help provide sufficient resources to fund the “critical” investments.
Reagan Carrier Departs San Diego For Japan 
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 76 USS Ronald Reagan departed San Diego recently for Yokosuka, Japan, to replace the CVN 73 George Washington as the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, patrolling the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines Test ONR Augmented Reality Tech 
U.S. Marines in training used Office of Naval Research (ONR)-developed augmented-reality technology for the first time as part of recent live-fire training exercises, the Navy says.
Anzio Propeller Repaired After Cracking Found 
A U.S. Navy dive team replaced five blades on the guided-missile cruiser CG 68 USS Anzio’s port side propeller earlier this month at Naval Station Norfolk after cracks were found.
CUES On Global Path, Greenert Says 
As the U.S. and Chinese navies continue to successfully conduct joint drills using the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, U.S. chief of naval operations (CNO), says he sees CUES expanding even more, possibly involving international coast guards as well.
Eisenhower Completes Most Extensive Carrier DPIA 
The crew of the aircraft carrier CVN 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower – known as the “Ike” – returned to sea earlier this month following a 23-month period in dry-dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), U.S. Navy officials say.
CUES On Global Path, Greenert Says 
As the U.S. and Chinese navies continue to successfully conduct joint drills at sea using Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, U.S. chief of naval operations (CNO), says he sees CUES expanding even more globally.
Boeing Awarded $1.5 Billion For P-8A Poseidons 
The U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion contract for 13 new P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which has become the poster aircraft for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, especially in recent clashes with China in the South China Sea.
GAO Cites Pentagon Weapon System Investment Issues 
The Department of Defense (DOD) is not effectively using portfolio management to optimize its weapon system investments, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says in a recent report, citing shipbuilding funding as an example.
Robotic Ordnance Disposal System Reaches Milestone B 
Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) approved Milestone B earlier this month for the Advance Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robotic System (Aeodrs) Tactical Operations variant, Increment 2.
Keel Laying Means More For Carrier Program 
With growing budgetary concerns and operational questions being raised in the current economic and threat climates, the recent laying of the keel for the second Ford-Class aircraft carrier, the CVN 79 John F. Kennedy, is taking on greater importance than simply a ceremonial milestone.
Japan Still U.S. Cornerstone For Asia-Pacific Security 
Japan still anchors the U.S. defensive strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says.
Northrop Awards Second Australian Triton Support Contract 
Northrop Grumman recently awarded a second Australian supplier contract to Mincham Aviation for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV initial production lot.
U.S. Strategy Details Military Buildup In Pacific  3
From the F-22 to bombers and new aircraft carriers, the U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific is becoming more and more visible
Fire Scout Shows Range, Endurance In Tests 
The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter flew for 11 hr. – with more than an hour of fuel in reserve – out to 150 nm from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, during recent tests, contractor Northrop Grumman says.

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