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
U.S. Navy Will Send Mantis Abroad For Test 
Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 77 was selected to host the first overseas test of the Multi-Aircraft Nose and Tail Interface System (Mantis), a next-generation aircraft ground transport for shipboard use in the Western Pacific.
U.S., ROK, Japan Tout Trilateral Talks 
Officials from the U.S., Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan concluded “a productive and substantive security meeting” earlier this month in Washington, “to enhance trilateral defense cooperation in light of the evolving security environment in the region,” the Pentagon says.
Despite IOC, Questions Remain For F-35B Integration 47
With operational debut around the corner, Marine and Navy officials temper expectations of F-35B’s early capabilities.
USMC ACV Program Meets, Deviates From GAO Best Practices 
The U.S. Marine Corps has adopted a new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) acquisition approach since last year that both uses and deviates from best practices as defined by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog agency says.
U.S. Navy To Appoint Deputy Assistant Secretary For Unmanned Systems 
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he will appoint a new deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems.
Boeing Looks To Extend Harpoon Reach At Expense Of Missile Punch 
In response to a recent clarion call by the U.S. Navy to gain greater range for its missile attacks, Boeing says it has developed a kit to extend the range of its Harpoon antiship missile, in part by reducing the size of its warhead.
MDA Interested In Antiaircraft Potential Of Aegis Ashore 

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) wants to see how the Aegis Ashore missile shield would handle antiaircraft missions, says James Sheridan, director of U.S. Navy Aegis programs for Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the combat system.

There is some discussion of antiaircraft warfare (AAW) capability for Aegis Ashore, Sheridan said April 6 during a media briefing in advance of this week’s annual Navy League Sea Air Space conference and symposium.

“The MDA is asking for some studies,” Sheridan says.

U.S., Korea Practice Joint Countermine Warfare 
The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies conducted a successful mine countermeasures exercise in March and earlier this month as part of Foal Eagle 2015.
U.S., Allies Face Asia-Pacific BMD Security Challenge, CRS Says 
The U.S., its allies and partners face a growing ballistic missile threat in the Asia-Pacific region, a recent Congressional Research Service report says.
F-35 Will Drive USMC Push For Data Proficiency 
The full-spectrum cyber potential of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) operations will drive the U.S. Marine Corps’ efforts to understand and leverage how to best collect, distribute and disseminate all of the data and information processing now being made available with modern sensors and computers, says Gen. Joseph Dunford, Corps commandant.
Carter Emphasizes Support For Japan 
During his Asia-Pacific tour, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter showed continued U.S. support for Japan’s plans to revise its military stance and the U.S. ally’s importance in the region.
U.S. Navy Aviation Center Augments Fire Scout Maintenance Training 
“With delivery of our second trainer, the unit will add the capability to provide in-depth avionics troubleshooting, along with test and check procedures,” says Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Dan Singer, CNATTU division chief.
Raytheon, Kongsberg Team For NSM 
Raytheon and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), the companies say.
USMC, Navy Prepare For JSF C5I Needs
While the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy have been prepping their amphibious ships to accommodate the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the services also are preparing to meet the C5I challenges—and potential—associated with the aircraft.
LCS Helps Write Book On U.S. Navy Fire Scout 
The U.S. Navy is using the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 USS Fort Worth to help craft the concept of operations (Conops) for unmanned helicopter use for the fleet’s ships, says Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet’s Task Force 73 (CTF 73).
 
Blogs
Apr 28, 2015
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When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993)

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 2

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More

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