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.

CRS: Despite Increased Aegis BMD Funding, Questions Remain 
While the U.S. is providing more money for its Aegis ballistic missile shields, there are still unresolved operational issues, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
U.S. Maritime Forces Focus On Strengthening Cyber Strategies 
The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy are beefing up their efforts to ensure better and more secure operations in the cyber domain.
USS Kearsarge Tests Rolling Airframe Missile 
Live RAM tests are rarely done, notes Fire Controlman 2nd Class Tyler Brozenick, the work center supervisor in charge of the fired missile. This was, however, the second conducted in the last five years aboard the Kearsarge.
Chinese Navy Balances Blue-Water Wants With Homeland Needs 
“The PLA Navy remains at the forefront of the military’s efforts to extend its operational reach beyond East Asia and into what China calls the ‘far seas,’” the Pentagon says in its recent annual report on China.
U.S. Military Chiefs Want Acquisition Changes, GAO Says 
U.S. military service chiefs want the Defense Department to do a better job holding to requirements and other acquisition decisions, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
U.S. Navy, Air Force Work On FA-XX Aircraft 
With Ford-class aircraft carrier technology making it possible to broaden the design choices for future aircraft, the U.S. Navy and Air Force are collaborating on the next-generation fighter the Navy is calling FA-XX.
Future Carriers Will Tap Directed Energy For More Punch 
Ford-class aircraft carriers will generate and manage the kind of power necessary to operate directed energy (DE) weapons to better protect the ships—as well as give them more offensive punch, according to U.S. Navy officials.
First Baseline 9 Aegis Cruiser Enters Pacific For U.S. 7th Fleet 
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser CG 62 USS Chancellorsville and its crew of 350 sailors entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) earlier this month.
U.S. Actions On China Island Disputes Could Have Global Ripples 
The U.S. Navy’s reactions to China’s maritime maneuvers involving territorial disputes could affect the centuries-long definition of free-sea movement, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 Reaches Initial Operating Capability 
Manufacturer Raytheon says the RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade that features enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio-frequency receiver, and an improved control system.
NATO Partners Practice Maritime Prowess In Baltic 
The U.S. along with 16 NATO and partner nations are participating in a Baltic Operations (Baltops) regional maritime exercise demonstrating various integrated military missions
U.S. Navy Cements Future Carrier Program With Contracts 
Amid revived and growing controversy about the relevance of U.S. Navy carrier strike groups, the service invested $4.3 billion on June 5 in the design, development and construction of the future aircraft carrier CVN 79 John F. Kennedy.
MAV Maker Offers U.S. Navy Options For GPS-Denied Areas 
Always on the prowl for technology meant to keep sailors out of damaged or dangerous ship areas, the U.S. Navy may be able to count on a new piece of equipment being developed by Pittsburgh-based Sensible Machines.
U.S. Navy Seeks Robust Aircraft-Launched USV 
Tired of having to gingerly launch unmanned surface vessels (USVs) from other manned surface ships, the U.S. Navy is searching for a way to launch a USV from an aircraft like other payloads, and the company Hydronalix says it has the technology for the task.
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