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 Focuses On UUV Endurance, Manueverability 
Higher power and deeper diving are keys to development for the U.S. Navy’s large-displacement UUV.
U.S. Surface Force Commander Sees Adding Missiles As Key To Lethality 
U.S. Navy’s Surface Force Commander has a vision: Add missiles to more surface ships and an enemy will confront multiple lethal threats.
MDA Takes Risk With Proposed Interceptor Buys 
MDA Director Vice Adm. James Syring says the agency is accepting some risk in reducing interceptor buys for the Aegis combat missile defense system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in fiscal 2017.
U.S. Navy Sustains Carriers, Destroyers; Cuts LCS-Frigate Force 
The U.S. Navy’s fiscal 2017 plan maintains its funding for carriers and destroyers but – as recently directed by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter – cuts down on the number of Littoral Combat Ships and fast frigate successor vessels.
Proposed U.S. Navy Aircraft Procurement Drops 
The U.S. Navy plans to buy 94 aircraft in fiscal 2017, compared to the 153 the service had included in its fiscal 2016 spending plan.
U.S. Navy Sees Fiscal 2017 Cut, But Future Years Boost 
The reflects a base Navy future years defense program from 2017 to 2021 of $826.4 billion, or about $1.6 billion higher than the FYDP presented with the fiscal 2016 budget.
U.S. Navy Sub Request Focuses On Ohio Replacement 
Altogether the budget plan includes about $13.2 billion for the Ohio-class replacement program across the future years’ defense program (FYDP), with the initial submarine included in fiscal 2021.
U.S., South Korea Discuss Thaad Deployment 
The U.S. and South Korea are looking to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system on South Korean soil in light of recent North Korean actions, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says.
U.S. Touts Allied Defense After N. Korean Rocket Launch 
North Korea again raised tensions in the Asia-Pacific with a missile launch Feb. 6, and the U.S. Pacific Command underscored the strength of its allies in defending the region.
U.S. Navy Starts Special Logistics Unit For P-8 
The Naval Supply Systems Command (Navsup) Weapon Systems Support (WSS) stood up its P-8 Logistics Cell (Logcell) earlier this month in Philadelphia.
Carter Releases Budget Details, Talks Antiship SM-6 
Next week’s fiscal 2017 Pentagon budget proposal will include more U.S. Navy aircraft, missiles and submarine investments, including funding for a new antiship version of the SM-6 missile.
U.S. Navy, Marines Focus On F-18 Oxygen Problem  7
Noting that their pilots are reporting more incidents of breathing problems in F-18-based aircraft, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are combining their resources to find causes and fixes for the problems.
Marine Officials Defend F-35B Test Performance 
U.S. Marine Corps brass are telling lawmakers they were impressed with the strong performance of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter in recent tests.
Podcast: Pregame Analysis of the Fiscal 2017 Defense Budget 2
Days before the Pentagon details its request for spending $582.7 billion, Bill Sweetman provides his thoughts on how an “arsenal plane” might work. And Michael Fabey explains why the Littoral Combat Ship might not experience the budget cuts others have predicted.
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Seek More Aircraft, Parts 
The lack of aircraft and spare parts is curtailing the number of fighters and other airplanes available for proper training, cutting into surge readiness and creating other operational concerns, some of the top officers for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps air operations say.
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