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.

New 3-D Sub Simulator Helps Train Sailors For SSN Generator Work 
A new diesel generator simulator recently delivered to Pearl Harbor naval facilities by the TechSolutions program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will help train sailors working on the U.S. Navy’s most advanced attack submarine generators, Navy officials say.
Fort Worth Makes First LCS Stop In Sasebo
The Littoral Combat Ship LCS 3 USS Fort Worth arrived in Sasebo, Japan, earlier this month, marking the first time an LCS has visited Japan.
GAO Notes U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class Replacement Milestones
With concrete accomplishments in the previous year, the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class submarine replacement program (ORP) looks to be in good shape, according to the recent annual report of Pentagon reviews by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
New U.S. Maritime Strategy Underscores Importance, Challenge Of Rebalance 
The need and obstacles in continuing the U.S. rebalance to what the nation’s maritime services now call the Indo-Asia-Pacific region are highlighted in the service’s “Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready,” released earlier this month.
AMDR Cost Estimate Continues To Fall 
The proposed price tag for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) is now about $4.1 billion, compared to about $4.8 billion a year ago, according to the recently released annual U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Pentagon program spending.
U.S., Australia Practice ASW
The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine SSN 706 USS Albuquerque partnered with the Australian navy earlier this month to strengthen its warfare capabilities through the annual joint exercise Lungfish 2015, U.S. Navy officials say.
Pentagon Programs Cost Is Lowest In Decade Despite F-35 Drag 
Over the past year, the overall size of the Pentagon’s major defense acquisition program portfolio decreased, from 80 programs to 78, while the estimated cost has decreased by $7.6 billion, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says.
U.S., ROK Navies Work On Joint Operations 
U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy ships concluded the maritime portion earlier this month of Foal Eagle, which is meant to help their naval forces work better together.
New U.S. Maritime Strategy To Set Spending Priorities 
The likely spending focus of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard in the coming years is revealed in “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready,” released earlier this month.
Sub Tender Frank Cable Works On Sasebo Ships 
The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) has completed repairs and other work on an assortment of U.S. Navy ships supporting multiple U.S. naval assets.
Advanced Hawkeyes To Make First Carrier Wing Deployment 
Five E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 are set to make their first deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard the aircraft carrier CVN 71 USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Zumwalt, Other U.S. Navy Ships Highlight Energy Efforts, Mabus Says 
The Zumwalt’s electric drive and other technological improvements underscore the Navy’s efforts to harness energy resources more efficiently at sea, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says.
Robotic Research Seen As Key To Monitoring Arctic 
As the U.S. Navy and other organizations study the Arctic more carefully, they will have to rely more on robotic-based research, says Martin Jeffries, Arctic science advisor and program officer for Arctic and global prediction at the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
Naval War College Gaming Report Highlights Warfare Needs 
The Defense Department and U.S. Navy will need to develop new areas of expertise, authorities and planning processes, particularly in areas that span different battle domains, according to a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) game report.
U.S. Navy ROV Used For Diver Search 
A U.S. Navy remotely operated vehicle (ROV) assisted in the recovery of the body of a civilian diver who went missing at the Blue Hole near Apra Harbor, Guam, in recent weeks.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 3

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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