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.

Articles
DOT&E Cites Concerns About LHA 6 Defense Testing 
The U.S. Navy has some gaps to plug for the ship-defense testing of its LHA amphibious assault ship USS America, the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation says.
DOT&E Questions U.S. Navy MK 54 Torpedo’s ASW Effectiveness 
The U.S. Navy’s MK-54 torpedo is coming up short for antisubmarine warfare missions, the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation says in its recently released annual report.
Sea Hawk, Fire Scout Shine During LCS Deployment 
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 Fort Worth’s MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV are proving to be the stars during the ship’s Western Pacific deployment.
Upscaled Amphib Departs For Sasebo 
The LPD 20 USS Green Bay departed San Diego earlier this month for Sasebo, Japan, where the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship will join the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
Smaller, More Lethal U.S. Naval Force Could Create Problems For China 
While U.S. Navy officials say their growing focus on a smaller, dispersed surface force that will provide “distributive lethality” is global in nature, some naval strategists are emphasizing the potential success of the strategy against China in the Asia-Pacific region.
Pentagon Cites Importance Of U.S.-India Accord 
The Pentagon says the new defense cooperation agreements between the U.S. and India are “groundbreaking” and represent an important milestone in the U.S.-India strategic partnership.
Analyses Points Toward Successful CVN 78 Testing, U.S. Navy Says 
In response to a recent Pentagon report questioning the testing, reliability and readiness of certain equipment and systems aboard the next-generation CVN 78 Ford-class aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy says its own analysis shows the ship will prove to be a success.
U.S. Navy Back On Course For 300-Ship Navy, Mabus Says 
With the next defense budget apparently weeks away from being released, there seems to be little doubt that the U.S. Navy will stick to its guns with its current shipbuilding strategy to rebuild its fleet.
More, Better Aegis Testing Needed, DOT&E Says 
While the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin keep to on-time schedules and costs for Aegis combat system upgrades, the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation says more and in many cases better testing is needed to validate the work.
U.S. Navy Needs Better Testing For AMDR, DOT&E Says 
U.S. Navy officials say they could not be more pleased with Raytheon’s work on the proposed air-and-missile-defense radar suite, but the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation says the current testing fails to prove the system can do the job.
DOT&E Questions Ford Technology Testing 
While the U.S. Navy continues to tout the benefits of the CVN Ford-class aircraft carriers, the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) still questions the readiness and reliability of some of the technological advancements of the ships and the service’s testing plan.
‘Distributed Lethality’ Good Fit For Asia-Pacific, Navy Commander Says 
The “distributed lethality” operational concept for U.S. surface warships touted earlier this month during the Surface Navy Association National Symposium is tailor-made for Asia-Pacific operations, the Navy’s commander of Naval Surface Forces says.
AMDR Gamble Pays Off For Raytheon 
In putting together its package to win the vaunted U.S. Navy Air And Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), Raytheon bet it could do the job in rapid time – and so far the contractor has been able to keep the odds in its favor.
Cyber Concerns Could Blur Protection Jurisdictions, CRS Says 
Protecting U.S. cyber networks could create some turf conflicts, suggests a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
 
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 20, 2015
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Jan 20, 2015
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RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

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