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.

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).
U.S. Navy Laser Plans Could Require Ship-Design Changes, CRS Says 
To realize its dream of putting laser weapons on its surface warships, the U.S. Navy may have to redesign the vessels, a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report says.
U.S. Navy Looks To Restore More Discipline In Ship Maintenance 
"We have to bring more discipline to this," says Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of the Naval Surface Force and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
U.S. Sends Updated Aegis Cruiser To Japan 
The U.S. Navy is sending the guided-missile cruiser CG 62 USS Chancellorsville to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan.
U.S. Navy Continues To Push For National Sub Fund 
The Navy simply cannot afford to build other ships while developing and building the new strategic submarine force, says service secretary Ray Mabus
AOA Shows Osprey Benefits For COD, Navy Acquisition Chief Says 
A U.S. Navy analysis of alternatives (AOA) highlights using V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for carrier onboard delivery (COD) missions, says Sean Stackley, assistant Navy secretary for research, development and acquisition.
Mabus To Rename LCS Successor FF 
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says it is time to acknowledge the true roles of the successor vessel for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – and even the LCS itself – and he is giving them more traditional Navy names.
U.S. Navy Rethinks Need For LCS-Type Speed 
Super-fast speed is less of a priority now for Littoral Combat Ship-like vessels and their successors, says Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Fanta Looks Back For Future Of Surface Warfare 
If U.S. Navy surface warfare officers – and the contractors out to please them – want a preview of what the relatively new surface warfare director has in mind for the future of the best fleet ships under his charge, they should look to the past.
AFSBs Studied As Osprey Platforms 
The program office for afloat-forward-staging-base (AFSB) ships has been studying the potential for flying V-22 Ospreys off the vessels.
Lockheed Looking To Test Aegis-Linked Fire Control Network With F-35 
Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy expect to begin tests this year or next to marry up the company’s Aegis-anchored Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) components with an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
U.S. Navy Continues To Reclaim LSI Role 
As the U.S. Navy continues to acquire more complex ships, aircraft and other systems, the service is still staying on course with its plans to take on greater responsibility as the lead systems integrator (LSI) for select programs.
Pakistan Aid May Hurt U.S. Relations With India, CSIS Reports 
Continued U.S. military aid to Pakistan could hurt American relations with India, says Richard Rossow, a senior fellow who holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Jan 29, 2015

Supersonic Scoop (1947)

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More

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