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 Establishes BMD Base In Romania 
The U.S. Navy established a new Naval Support Facility earlier this month in Romania that will be part of NATO’s overall ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.
U.S. Navy Readies Amphib Fleet for JSF, MV-22 
Next-generation aircraft require fortified amphibious assault ships to handle their extra heat, downwash
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Crafting F-35 Conops 
As the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy continue to work their way through modifications needed to prepare large-deck amphibious assault ships for the heat and force generated by vertical takeoffs and landings of an F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, the services are also crafting the concept of operations to operate JSFs across the board.
U.S. Navy Resurrects Damaged Mini-Sub For Training 
The U.S. Navy has converted a defunct mini-submarine originally developed for the Advanced Seal Delivery System (ASDS) program into a hands-on training tool for submariners.
Revised U.S.-Japan Guidelines Emphasize Cooperation 
Newly revised guidelines for cooperative U.S. and Japanese security or military operations continue to emphasize a high degree of cooperation between the two nations, according to a recent Pentagon report.
Textron Draws On UAV Tech For Countermine USV 
Tapping its extensive experience in developing technology for its UAV programs, Textron Systems recently won a U.S. Navy contract to develop, build and help deploy an unmanned surface vessel to be used by the service’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet to perform countermine missions.
Northrop Expands PBL Contract To Include SPQ-9B Radar Equipment 
Northrop Grumman’s new $61 million performance-based logistics (PBL) supply support contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command’s Navsup Weapon Systems Support facility in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, now covers SPQ-9B radar set items along with its usual PBL systems,
U.S. Navy Completes CDR For LCAC C4N Suite 
The U.S. Navy successfully completed a critical design review (CDR) earlier this month for a new command, control, communications, computers and navigation (C4N) suite for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicle.
The LCAC C4N suite, also known as the command module electronics package, is the equipment the crew uses to operate the craft.
U.S. Navy Will Base F-35Cs In California 
Having weighed the “strategic, operational, and environmental consequences,” the U.S. Navy has decided to base the F-35C aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, which was listed as Alternative 2 in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for U.S.
Unmanned U.S. Navy Boats Can Protect And Swarm 
A technological breakthrough will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect U.S. Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile vessels, according to the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
U.S. Navy Demonstrates Integrated Unmanned-Aegis Ops 
U.S. Navy engineers recently demonstrated the ability to guide live gunfire onto distant targets by combining unmanned vehicles and Aegis combat system unmanned surface and air vehicles integrated with naval guns and Aegis relayed targeting data to operators engaging simulated threats on the Potomac River Test Range, Navy officials say.
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