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. Navy Aircraft Programs Already Make Use Of 3D-Printed Parts 
When a small plastic component broke recently in a vital piece of calibration equipment used to maintain readiness aboard a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, it looked like the pilots and air crews were out of luck.
Funding Concerns Cloud Ohio-Class Sub Development 
A guaranteed funding stream still eludes the Pentagon to develop and build an Ohio-class replacement submarine fleet for the nuclear-tipped ballistic missile boats, and it is putting the whole submarine future fleet acquisition into question.
Chinese Air Force Closing Gap With West, Pentagon Says 
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (Plaaf) is catching up quickly with Western forces, the Pentagon says in its latest annual report on the Chinese military.
U.S. Navy Awards Advance CVN 80 Work To HII  3
With the U.S. Navy awarding Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the aircraft carrier CVN 80 Enterprise, the company is gearing up to design the ship in a whole new way.
U.S. Navy Recertifies USS America Flight Deck 
Optimized for U.S. Marine Corps aviation, the amphibious assault ship LHA 6 USS America regained its flight-deck recertification for launching and recovering aircraft earlier this month off the coast of its San Diego homeport, moving one step closer to joining operations with Amphibious Squadron 3 and Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
China’s Missile Force Attracts Pentagon Attention 
China’s rapid missile buildup continues to be noteworthy, the Pentagon says in its latest annual report on the Asian country’s military.
Boeing Looks To SLAP Super Hornets Into Shape  21
With the U.S. Navy using its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets more rigorously than initially expected, Boeing has started preliminary assessments of what is needed to overhaul the aircraft, increase its combat life and keep it relevant much later into this century.
U.S. Navy Tackles Hypoxia With Training Equipment 
The U.S. Navy has integrated the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device into aviation hypoxia training as a bridge to a more permanent system.
CSBA: Shorter-Range Missile Defense Equals Bigger Savings 
The U.S. Navy could save money by shifting its missile-salvo defensive anti-air warfare (AAW) strategy away from long-range interceptors and toward medium-range surface-to-air interceptors, hypervelocity projectiles, directed energy weapons and electronic warfare systems, the CSBA says.
CSBA: Dispersed Air Ops Could Counter Missile Salvos 
Dispersed vertical-insertion operations within enemy target areas could counter strategies to strike U.S. forces with missile salvos, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
U.S. Navy Chief Emphasizes Experimentation, Prototyping 
To match the rate of global naval development, the U.S. needs to shift into a much higher gear, says Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations.
Harpoon Block II Missile Completes Major Test 
The Harpoon Block II+ missile completed another major flight test May 17, setting the stage for upcoming operational tests in another month, says Capt. Jaime Engdahl, U.S. Navy Precision Strike Weapons program manager.
U.S. Navy Will Seek More Missile Power On Fly: Raytheon 
To address the need for greater offensive missile power required to accommodate the call for more naval “distributive lethality,” the U.S. Navy will likely rely more on demand from the field than the normal Pentagon acquisition process, says Gerard Hueber, Raytheon Missiles Systems vice president.
New Taiwan President Raises Cross-Strait Concerns Of CSIS 
The inauguration of a new Taiwanese president is resurrecting concerns of additional cross-Strait tensions, a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report says.
U.S. Navy To Seek Info On Next-Gen Jammer Increment 2 
The U.S. Navy plans to send out requests for information (RFIs) in the coming weeks for the second increment of its Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program, says Capt. John Bailey, program manager for the service’s Airborne Electronic Attack Systems.

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