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.

Boeing Awarded $1.5 Billion For P-8A Poseidons 
The U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion contract for 13 new P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which has become the poster aircraft for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, especially in recent clashes with China in the South China Sea.
GAO Cites Pentagon Weapon System Investment Issues 
The Department of Defense (DOD) is not effectively using portfolio management to optimize its weapon system investments, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says in a recent report, citing shipbuilding funding as an example.
Robotic Ordnance Disposal System Reaches Milestone B 
Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) approved Milestone B earlier this month for the Advance Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robotic System (Aeodrs) Tactical Operations variant, Increment 2.
Keel Laying Means More For Carrier Program 
With growing budgetary concerns and operational questions being raised in the current economic and threat climates, the recent laying of the keel for the second Ford-Class aircraft carrier, the CVN 79 John F. Kennedy, is taking on greater importance than simply a ceremonial milestone.
Japan Still U.S. Cornerstone For Asia-Pacific Security 
Japan still anchors the U.S. defensive strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says.
Northrop Awards Second Australian Triton Support Contract 
Northrop Grumman recently awarded a second Australian supplier contract to Mincham Aviation for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV initial production lot.
U.S. Strategy Details Military Buildup In Pacific  1
From the F-22 to bombers and new aircraft carriers, the U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific is becoming more and more visible
Fire Scout Shows Range, Endurance In Tests 
The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter flew for 11 hr. – with more than an hour of fuel in reserve – out to 150 nm from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, during recent tests, contractor Northrop Grumman says.
Pentagon Touts Platform Deployments In Asia-Pacific 
Despite budget worries and continued operations against terrorists in the Middle East, the U.S. Defense Department is still sending its most advanced aircraft, ships and other equipment to the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says in a recent report.
Seawolf Finishes Arctic Operations 
The fast-attack submarine SSN-21 USS Seawolf returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Aug. 21, following a six-month deployment that included scheduled under-ice transits and under-ice operations in the Arctic.
Carat Combines LCS, Foreign Aircraft Ops 
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 USS Forth Worth proved it could operate with foreign aircraft during recent Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) exercises in the Asia-Pacific.
Spearhead Shows Mettle In Southern Command Missions 
The U.S. Southern Command put the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 1 USNS Spearhead through some paces during recent operations in the region.
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Requirements Dossier: Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) 
In August, U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) issued a request for proposals for an Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.
USAF To Deploy F-22s To Europe 
The aircraft will help the U.S. train with its joint and NATO partners, USAF Secretary Deborah James says. The deployment of the aircraft, she says, will “assure allies and demonstrate our commitment” to the stability of Europe.
Pentagon Sees Increased Risk In Asia-Pacific Buildup 
The military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region is making it a much more dangerous place, the Pentagon says in a recent report.

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