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.

Harpoon Block II Missile Completes Major Test 
The Harpoon Block II+ missile completed another major flight test May 17, setting the stage for upcoming operational tests in another month, says Capt. Jaime Engdahl, U.S. Navy Precision Strike Weapons program manager.
U.S. Navy Will Seek More Missile Power On Fly: Raytheon 
To address the need for greater offensive missile power required to accommodate the call for more naval “distributive lethality,” the U.S. Navy will likely rely more on demand from the field than the normal Pentagon acquisition process, says Gerard Hueber, Raytheon Missiles Systems vice president.
New Taiwan President Raises Cross-Strait Concerns Of CSIS 
The inauguration of a new Taiwanese president is resurrecting concerns of additional cross-Strait tensions, a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report says.
U.S. Navy To Seek Info On Next-Gen Jammer Increment 2 
The U.S. Navy plans to send out requests for information (RFIs) in the coming weeks for the second increment of its Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program, says Capt. John Bailey, program manager for the service’s Airborne Electronic Attack Systems.
U.S. Navy Cites Success With Upgraded Air-To-Air Missiles  1
Recent missile tests show marked improvement for the AIM-9X and AIM-120 missiles, says Capt. Jim Stoneman, program manager for the U.S. Navy air-to-air missile office.
China Makes Visible Strides In Stealth Air Ops  41
Within two years of the J-20’s first flight, China tested a second next-generation fighter prototype. Referred to as the FC-31, the prototype is similar in size to a U.S. F-35 fighter and appears to incorporate design characteristics similar to the J-20, according to a Pentagon report.
China Military Banks On Space Development, Pentagon Says 
China sees space as a growing military frontier, a recent Pentagon report says.
Pentagon Cites ‘Freedom Of Navigation’ Operations 
While recent “freedom of navigation” (FON) operations involving China have garnered most of the headlines lately, the Defense Department earlier this month released a list of all the nations whose territorial claims it challenged last year.
U.S. Navy’s EP-3 Replacement Plan Still Raises Concerns 
While the U.S. Navy still plans to replace its EP-3 Aries with the MQ-4 Triton UAS, the intelligence community continues to want manned aircraft to fulfill some missions, those familiar with service aerial surveillance programs say.
U.S. Navy Awards F-18 Sustainment Work 
To help keep its overtaxed fleet of F-18-related aircraft flying, the U.S. Navy earlier this month awarded Boeing about $24.6 million in deals for parts and components.
Romania-Based Aegis Ashore To Be Certified Operational 
The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS)-Romania is slated to be certified operational May 12, the U.S. Navy says.
USMC Looking For Big Help Handling Big Data 
Getting a handle on so-called big data is a priority for the U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says.
DOD: Hornet Readiness Issue Limited To Marines 
The inability to send aloft about two-thirds of the U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets does not represent a concern across all services, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says.
HII Still Concerned About Amphib Production Gap 
While the U.S. Navy has made some progress in bridging the production gap between the current LPD amphibious-ship line and the future LXR amphib ship model, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries still has concerns.
P-8A Tests Aerial Refueling, Readies For ASW Shakeouts  6
The P-8A Poseidon has started air-to-air refueling testing and is on course to test its multi-static active coherent (MAC) anti-sub search system and High Altitude ASW (antisubmarine warfare) Weapons Concept (Haawc) Mk 54 torpedo and high altitude (ASW) sensor upgrades.

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