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.

First Solo U.S. Surface Ship Reaches North Pole 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, homeported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole earlier this month, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied, the Coast Guard says.
Pentagon Unconcerned By DF-21 Parade Appearance 
The recent appearance of the Chinese DF-21D antiship ballistic missile — the so-called “carrier killer” — in the recent parade of military force in Beijing failed to leave much of a mark, at least publicly, on the Pentagon.
CRS: U.S. Navy Seeks ‘Revolution’ In Ship Missile Defense 
The U.S. Navy could be on a revolutionary path for surface-ship missile defense, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says.
Chinese Aircraft Harasses U.S. Intel RC-135, Pentagon Says 
An American pilot said a Chinese aircraft intercepted his U.S. intelligence-gathering RC-135 in an “unsafe” manner earlier this month, the Pentagon says, in a scenario reminiscent of previous recent incidents of aerial harassment.
U.S Navy Accepts First 12 Mark VI Patrol Boats 
The U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Group 2 took ownership earlier this month of the first two of 12 Mark VI Patrol Boats.
LCS 5 Milwaukee Completes Acceptance Trial 
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 5 Milwaukee successfully concluded its acceptance trial earlier this month after completing a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (Insurv), service officials say.
Ford Carrier Testing Delayed 
The Navy has identified a “slight deterioration in the required progress” on the CVN 78 shipboard test program,” Cmdr. Thurraya Kent says. “As a result, the sea trial schedule will be delayed about six to eight weeks.
U.S. Navy Field Tests Northrop Mine-Hunting System 
In a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman’s AQS-24B mine-hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 kt. in real time, the company says.
U.S. Navy Tests SeaRAM Launcher From LCS 
The U.S. Navy successfully fired a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) from a SeaRAM launcher for the first time on an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship.
Cyber, Maritime Scuffles Loom As China’s President Visits U.S. 
As Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in Seattle Sept. 22 to begin a seven-day U.S. visit, concerns over China’s cyber and naval intentions still threaten relations between the two global powers.
U.S.-China Relationship Part Of Greenert’s Legacy 
“If conflict occurs out there, we’ve failed,” says Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who retires as chief of naval operations Sept. 18.
Sewip Block 3 Completes Preliminary Design Review 
The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (Sewip) Block 3 program successfully completed the preliminary design review (PDR) recently for the next generation AN/SLQ-32 shipboard electronic warfare system.
Despite Cancellation Reports, Work Continues On Zumwalt 
Amid reports that the U.S. Navy may cancel construction of DDG 1002 Lyndon B. Johnson, service officials say work continues on the ship as planned, although the Zumwalt-class acquisition program is being reviewed.
Pentagon IG Calls Planned U.S. Navy Triton Buy ‘Justified’ 
U.S. Navy officials “justified” the Triton planned procurement quantity of 70 aircraft, the Pentagon Inspector General (IG) says in a recent report.
Final U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyer Deployed To Spain 
DDG 64 USS Carney departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, earlier this month to travel to Rota, Spain, as the final of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed there.

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