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
U.S. Navy Awards HII $604.3 Million Destroyer Contract 
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding unit recently received a $604.3 million contract modification to fund construction of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer DDG 121 for the U.S. Navy.
Recent U.S. Naval War College Game Focuses On Cross-Domain C2 
A recent U.S. Naval War College (NWC) game report prepared for the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle Office and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) shows the importance of developing strong command and control (C2) across different combat domains.
Chinese Silent Treatment Over THAAD Raises Questions 
The recent lack of comment or concern by China over Washington’s deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the Republic of Korea (ROK) is raising questions.
U.S. Navy Maintains Presence In Japan, China 
The U.S. Navy has continued to keep up its growing profile in the Asia-Pacific region with training in Japan and a major port visit in Hong Kong.
OT&E Cites Ford AAG Reliability Concerns 
While the U.S. Navy is hoping for more positive tests with the redesigned Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) being placed aboard CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford-class carriers, the service also needs to see more reliability from the equipment.
McCain Puts Goldwater-Nichols In Crosshairs 
It may be time to review the command structure of the U.S. military as constructed under Goldwater-Nichols legislation during the Reagan Administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) says.
Updated USS Wasp Combat System Proves Successful During Trial 
Looking to deploy for the first time since 2004, the amphibious assault ship LHD 1 USS Wasp successfully completed its recent combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT).
Navy Could Lose Aegis Modernization Funds 
Hardly a month goes by without news of successful Aegis combat system tests, especially when it comes to ballistic missile defense improvements and operations.
Carrier Schedule Depends On Fastener Fix  2
Whether the U.S. Navy keeps to the new schedule and cost estimates for the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier may come down to just how well a set of redesigned fasteners for the ship's Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) survives a new round of extremely important tests.
McCain Wants More Weight In Asia-Pacific Rebalance 
The U.S. is fully justified in its decision to rebalance its interests and military forces back to the Asia-Pacific region, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) says. But the country has failed to follow through with those plans.
U.S. Strat Comm Chief Wary Of Global Nuclear Threat Advances 
Recent claimed and demonstrated advancements in nuclear weapon and delivery technology by certain nations has the attention of the U.S. Strategic Command, says Adm. Cecil Haney, its commander.
JHSVs Hitting High Gear 
With the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 1 USNS Spearhead receiving rave reviews in the African Obangame Express 2015 exercise, JHSV 5 USNS Trenton is one step closer to joining the fleet with the completion earlier this month of the ship’s acceptance trials.
Tactical Tomahawk Passes Acceptance Test 
The U.S. Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test earlier this month.
Pentagon Reports Nunn-McCurdy Unit Cost Breaches For JSOW, WIN-T 
The Defense Department’s most recent Selection Acquisition Report (SAR) shows two Nunn-McCurdy unit cost breaches to their current or original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB).
 
Blogs
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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