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.

Destroyer O’Kane Starts Biggest Pearl Overhaul 

The guided-missile destroyer DDG 77 USS O’Kane recently arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for its dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA), the biggest overhaul in the Pearl shipyard’s history.

“This is the second docking in O’Kane’s 15-year history,” says Cmdr. Gina McCaine, commanding officer of USS O’Kane, “The repairs and modernizations she receives during this DSRA are critical to sustaining her capability.” 

U.S. Navy Looks For Ways To ‘Hatch’ Innovations 

The U.S. Navy earlier this month launched its crowdsourced ideation platform, the “Hatch,” which Navy officials say is part of the initiative to build a Naval Innovation Network (NIN).

The Hatch is an accessible, virtual collaboration forum where innovators can submit their creative ideas for improving the Navy, officials say. In the Hatch, ideas can be refined through crowdsourcing and further developed by local innovators and subject matter experts. 

U.S. Navy Gets Patent For Space-Based Debris Spotter 

The U.S. Navy recently patented a device designed to detect orbital debris in near real-time and provide trajectory data.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter — a compact, low power concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently onboard nano-satellite platforms.

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Name: Frigate (Small Surface Combatant) Program (FF)

ONR Gives U.S. Marines ‘New Look’ 
With an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the U.S. Marines Corps is looking at simulated exercises through a whole new lens set.
Recent Mishaps Mar U.S. Naval Safety Streak 
One recent fatal incident involving a MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor could have some longer-term ramifications in the Asia-Pacific.
U.S. Navy Seeks New Energy Sources To Cut Logistic Ties 
“If liberated from much of the supply chain, both the Navy and Marine Corps could operate more efficiently as well as more securely,” notes Vice Adm. Philip Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics.
GAO Cites Risks, Benefits of Phased U.S. Navy Cruiser Plan 
“The Navy did not consider any formal alternatives to the original Phased Modernization Plan and revised the plan primarily to respond to congressional concerns that removing cruisers from the fleet would exacerbate existing capacity shortfalls,” GAO says.
Rolling Airframe Missile Achieves IOC On Amphib 
The U.S. Navy says it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) earlier this month aboard the amphibious-transport dock ship LPD 24 USS Arlington.
Radar Reinstall Marks RCOH Milestone Aboard Lincoln 
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) reached another milestone during its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) earlier this month with the installation of the ship’s AN/SPS-48 primary air-search radar antenna on Lincoln’s island, U.S. Navy officials say.
Pentagon IG Wants Improvements In Navair Waiver-Request Management 

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) program managers failed to fully implement U.S. Navy policy to request waivers and to certify program readiness for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Distributed Targeting System, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft programs, according to the Pentagon Inspector General.

U.S. ‘Very Interested’ In DE For Missile Defense, Winnefeld Says 
Winnefeld notes the Navy is developing programs for directed energy, rail gun weapons and similar technology that could apply to ballistic missile defense (BMD).
Emals Completes First Full-Speed Shot On Ford Carrier 
The recent test shots, known as “no-loads” because no aircraft or other loads were attached to the launching shuttle, successfully demonstrated the integrated catapult system, which is designed to launch all current and future planned carrier aircraft.
U.S. Navy Looks To Dramatically Increase Torpedo Range 
The service is looking at technology that can extend the range of its torpedoes, now at about 10 nm, to about 200 nm, says Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander of U.S. Submarine Forces and Allied Submarine Command.
Fort Worth Patrols South China Sea, Practices Cues With Chinese Ships 
Littoral Combat Ship LCS 3 USS Fort Worth arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, earlier this month following a routine patrol in international waters and airspace of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands.
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