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.

USAF Preps Seventh WGS Launch For July 22 

WGS LAUNCH: The U.S. Air Force is preparing to launch the seventh Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station July 22. Once lofted on the Delta IV M+ (5,4) configuration rocket, the satellite will take roughly 62 days to get into a test orbit. Boeing is expected to turn it over to the government for testing Oct. 13, says Robert Tarleton, director of Milsatcom systems at the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. Boeing has built 10 of the satellites; the final WGS is set to be in the constellation in 2018.

U.S., Australians Train For Land Strike Operations From Carrier 
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 73 USS George Washington, conducted high-intensity land strike training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) earlier this month in the Timor Sea as part of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
CRS Cites ‘Dark Web’ Uses For Defense 
The U.S. military, law enforcement and related organizations can use the “Dark Web” for their own purposes, a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report says.
GAO Cites Need For More Transparent SOF Funding 
The U.S. Special Operations Command (Socom) should be transparent about its overall Special Operations Forces (SOF) funding, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.
U.S. Marines Employ Jadocs In Talisman Saber 
U.S. Marines embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 73 USS George Washington to introduce the Joint Automated Deep Operation Coordination System (Jadocs) during exercise Talisman Sabre 15 (TS15).
LCS, Destroyer Finish First Joint South China Sea Ops 
The Littoral Combat Ship LCS 3 USS Fort Worth partnered with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 82 USS Lassen earlier this month to complete their first combined South China Sea presence operations.
Talisman Saber Hones Joint Sea, Amphib Operations 
While Talisman Saber dates back about a decade, this is the first centered in this area since the major increase in the U.S. Marine presence near Darwin, and the first to include Japanese forces.
U.S. Navy Likely To Increase Carrier Presence, Admiral Says 
The U.S. worldwide aircraft carrier presence will likely increase in the coming year, says Rear Adm. Jeff Harley, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy.
U.S., Australia Cite Benefits Of Joint Amphib Exercise 
For the U.S., Operation Talisman Saber provides an opportunity to train rigorously with an Australian alley that the U.S. says it will need to help secure the peace in the large expanses of the Asia-Pacific region.
UAV Documents Talisman Saber Training 
Hovering above the action as U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers stormed the shore of Fog Bay this month as part of the Talisman Saber exercise was a DGI Phantom 2 Quadcopter capturing scenes from vantages previously unavailable.
Australian PM Touts U.S. Partnership, Downplays China Concerns 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott touted the defense relationship his country has developed with the U.S. and discounted any ill feelings that bond could cause with China
Ospreys Continue To Expand USMC Ops In Asia-Pacific 
This year’s Talisman Saber’s exercise is proving to be a showcase for the MV-22 tiltrotor, with the aircraft expanding the U.S. Marine footprint thanks to the Osprey’s range, speed and utility, U.S. Marine and Navy officials say.
U.S. Marines Test Himars In Australia 
The U.S. Marine Corps has gone a long way to prove its reach, mobility and ability to work with a partner nation.
Logistics, Comms Key To Joint Talisman Saber Exercise, Operations 
This year’s Talisman Saber exercise has some added twists – thousands of U.S. Marines are now in Darwin, Australia, representing a major buildup for the service in the region, and Japanese forces also are participating on a limited bases, officials note.
U.S.-ROK Agreement ‘Key’ For Nuclear Trade, CRS Says 
The recent nuclear agreement between the U.S. and South Korea is vital for continued nuclear trade between the two countries, a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report says.
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