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
Fire Scout UAV Makes First Flight Off USCG Cutter 
The U.S. Coast Guard, working with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter USCGC WMSL-750 Berthol earlier this month off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu.
U.S., Chinese Forces Train For Joint Anti-Piracy Operations 
The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer DDG 104 USS Sterett and ships from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy PLAN participated in the bilateral U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15 earlier this month in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.
More Cooperation Needed For Asian Defense, CSIS Reports 
The U.S. and its allies and partners need to develop even more integrated military forces to ensure security in Asia, a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report says.
U.S. Navy Completes GhostSwimmer UUV Tests 
The U.S. Navy completed tests earlier this month on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS).
U.S. Navy Adapts Sub Mission Planning Software For Surface Ships 
Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions has been adapted for the U.S. Navy surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser CG 53 USS Mobile Bay.
With New SCC, U.S. Navy Goes Back To LCS Roots 

In settling on a new Small Surface Combatant (SCC) ship that will be derived from the existing Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) template, the U.S. Navy is going back to LCS basics.

Keeping the weight down has always been a mantra for LCS, and that mindset is proving to be key in developing what might best be called LCS-Next. (See story p. 4.)

One of the “cardinal rules” from the LCS concept of operations (conops) going back to the previous decades says: “Do not add weight to LCS. For anything added, something else must be removed.”

Carrier Commitment Seen Providing Force Structure 

The U.S. desire to keep 11 aircraft carriers in its Navy fleet will help maintain a force structure that closely resembles current levels, especially when it comes to the service’s larger capital vessels, says Michael Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the country’s biggest military shipbuilder.

There appears to be a “strong commitment” at the highest government levels to keep an 11-carrier structure, Petters said Dec. 10 during an event sponsored by the Atlantic Council. 

Mabus Highlights Continuing Importance Of Arctic 

As climate change continues to reshape the Arctic, it is also revamping how the U.S. Navy perceives its missions in the region.

“We in the Navy have a particular interest [in the Arctic] because our responsibilities increase as the Arctic changes,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says. “As sea levels rise, as ice melts, our role in terms of freedom of navigation, in terms of search and rescue and in terms of scientific exploration, increases pretty dramatically.”

U.S. Navy Opts For Modified LCS For New Small Surface Combatant 

The U.S. Navy is going with a recommendation to develop a modified Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to serve as the service’s next Small Surface Combatant (SSC).

The decision was expected by many observers. LCS was slated to fill the SSC role and the Navy is planning to build 32 of them. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the service to develop an SSC that is more survivable and packs a bigger punch than LCS.

Mabus Highlights Importance Of ROK Alliance 

As the U.S. ramps up its rebalance of its naval and other Pentagon resources to the Asia-Pacific, America is putting even greater stock in its regional partners and allies.

“Partnerships matter and our alliance with the Republic of Korea is very important,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “We receive great support from the people of Korea, which allows the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to be where it matters and when it matters, to sustain our alliance, and maintain stability and peace throughout this region.”

GAO Cites Need For More Start Treaty Information 

The Pentagon is a little thin on the details it provides to Congress to help lawmakers make the best decisions for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start), a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.

Amphibious Exercise Focuses On Humanitarian Relief 
Bold Alligator exercise helps U.S. amphibious forces to hone skills for humanitarian operations.
With New SCC, Navy Goes Back To LCS Roots 
In settling on a new Small Surface Combatant (SCC) ship that will be modified with designs from the existing Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) template, the U.S. Navy is going back to LCS basics.
GAO Cites Need For More Start Information 
The Pentagon is a little thin on the details it provides to Congress to help lawmakers make the best decisions for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start), a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.
 
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