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.

Defense Secretary Warns Against Too Much Contractor Consolidation 
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is still voicing concerns about the trend of mergers, acquisitions and consolidation involving major defense contractors.
Ford Based On Unrealistic Business Case, GAO Says 
The growing cost of the aircraft carrier CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford is the result of bad business decisions, a recent GAO report says.
China Island Control Seen Likely To Lead To Conflict 
While Chinese leaders say they will not use artificially bolstered islands in the South China Sea for military purposes, simply maintaining control of those places may lead to even more tension in the region, CSIS says.
Pentagon Assists In Diplomatic Overtures With Russia 
The U.S. and Russia are using their respective militaries to re-establish better communication — a liaison role that is nothing new for the Pentagon.
U.S. Navy Spends On Sub Maintenance, Upgrades 
The U.S. Navy is letting contracts for upkeep and upgrades of the current submarine fleet to mitigate expected sub force shortfalls in the coming decades.
U.S. Navy Cruiser Cowpens Set For Upgrades 
The U.S. Navy is starting its CG Phased Modernization Program this month with the CG 63 guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens.
GAO: DOD Should Do More To Help Small-Biz Cyber Security 
The Defense Department should help small businesses that do work for the Pentagon prepare against cyber threats, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.
U.S. Navy Oceanography Command Maps Unmanned Strategy 
Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, rolled out his command’s unmanned systems strategy earlier this month at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 2015 Joint Undersea Warfare Conference.
Xi Reforms Could Shake Up Chinese Military, Report Says 
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption efforts could mean a more balanced and joint Chinese military, says a recent online report posted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
U.S. Navy Super Hornet Mishaps Continue 
A U.S. Navy F/A-18E crashed earlier this month, marking the third Class A flight mishap for Super Hornets since July, according to service reports.
U.S. Navy Destroyer Tests UAV 
The guided-missile destroyer DDG 66 USS Gonzalez conducted testing of a UAV during a Composite Unit Training Exercise (Comptuex), U.S. Navy officials say.
Navsea Faulted For Handling Of Test Waivers On SM-6 
U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) was deficient in its handling of requests for waivers and deferrals from certain operational test requirements for the SM-6 missile and a key system for identifying terrorists, a recent Pentagon Inspector General (IG) report says.
First Solo U.S. Surface Ship Reaches North Pole 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, homeported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole earlier this month, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied, the Coast Guard says.
Pentagon Unconcerned By DF-21 Parade Appearance 
The recent appearance of the Chinese DF-21D antiship ballistic missile — the so-called “carrier killer” — in the recent parade of military force in Beijing failed to leave much of a mark, at least publicly, on the Pentagon.

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