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. Drone Strikes To Continue With Openness, ‘Utmost Care,’ Carter Says 
In the wake of recent publicity about U.S. drone attacks causing accidental civilian deaths, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the unmanned operations will continue with the same level of transparency.
Destroyer USS McFaul Deploys For BMD Missions 
The guided-missile destroyer DDG 74 USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this month for an independent deployment in support of ballistic missile defense (BMD), maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, U.S. Navy officials say.
HASC Subcommittee Markup Strengthens U.S. Naval Forces 
The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces’ markup of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2016 authorization bill looks to bolster U.S. Naval forces across the board.
Most Pentagon DFARS Rules Issued Without Notice, Comment, GAO Says 
The Defense Department (DOD) has issued more than three-quarters of its final and interim Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rules thus far this decade without prior notice and comment before they became effective, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says.
Fort Worth Proves A Good Fleet Fit 
By all accounts, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 has proved its mettle in the Western Pacific.
Pentagon Vows To Better Manage Spare Parts Inventory After IG Report 
The Defense Department (DOD) is now working to better manage its spare parts inventory in the wake of recent Pentagon Inspector General (IG) findings, the IG says.
U.S., Indonesia Meet To Strengthen Submarine Force Relationship 
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William R. Merz, Commander, Submarine Group 7 (Comsubgru 7), met with representatives from the Indonesian submarine force in Surabaya, Indonesia, earlier this month to strengthen a working relationship between the two navies, U.S. Navy officials say.
Development of UUV Mine Hunters Challenges U.S. Navy 
The U.S. Navy is committed to using UUVs for the dangerous mission of clearing waterways of mines, but developmental issues are proving thorny.
As Ford Work Nears End, U.S. Navy Eyes Kennedy Costs 
As Huntington Ingalls Industries zeroes in on homestretch work needed to complete the aircraft carrier CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford at its Newport News Shipbuilding yard, the U.S. Navy wants to ensure the lowest possible cost for carrier CVN 79 John F. Kennedy.
U.S., Chinese Navy Officials Meet In China 
Senior navy leaders from the U.S. 7th Fleet and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) met earlier this month in Zhanjiang, China.
IG Cites Afghan National Security Force Vehicle Management Concerns 
The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and Afghanistan’s Ministries of Defense and Interior “did not have controls in place to effectively manage accountability of the approximately 95,000 vehicles procured by DoD (Department of Defense) for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) since 2005,” the Pentagon Inspector General says.
U.S., Indonesia Meet To Strengthen Submarine Force Relationship 
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William R. Merz, Commander, Submarine Group 7 (Comsubgru 7), met with representatives from the Indonesian submarine force in Surabaya, Indonesia, earlier this month to strengthen a working relationship between the two navies, U.S. Navy officials say.
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.
 
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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