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.

OT&E Cites Ford AAG Reliability Concerns 
While the U.S. Navy is hoping for more positive tests with the redesigned Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) being placed aboard CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford-class carriers, the service also needs to see more reliability from the equipment.
McCain Puts Goldwater-Nichols In Crosshairs 
It may be time to review the command structure of the U.S. military as constructed under Goldwater-Nichols legislation during the Reagan Administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) says.
Updated USS Wasp Combat System Proves Successful During Trial 
Looking to deploy for the first time since 2004, the amphibious assault ship LHD 1 USS Wasp successfully completed its recent combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT).
Navy Could Lose Aegis Modernization Funds 
Hardly a month goes by without news of successful Aegis combat system tests, especially when it comes to ballistic missile defense improvements and operations.
Carrier Schedule Depends On Fastener Fix 
Whether the U.S. Navy keeps to the new schedule and cost estimates for the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier may come down to just how well a set of redesigned fasteners for the ship's Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) survives a new round of extremely important tests.
McCain Wants More Weight In Asia-Pacific Rebalance 
The U.S. is fully justified in its decision to rebalance its interests and military forces back to the Asia-Pacific region, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) says. But the country has failed to follow through with those plans.
U.S. Strat Comm Chief Wary Of Global Nuclear Threat Advances 
Recent claimed and demonstrated advancements in nuclear weapon and delivery technology by certain nations has the attention of the U.S. Strategic Command, says Adm. Cecil Haney, its commander.
JHSVs Hitting High Gear 
With the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 1 USNS Spearhead receiving rave reviews in the African Obangame Express 2015 exercise, JHSV 5 USNS Trenton is one step closer to joining the fleet with the completion earlier this month of the ship’s acceptance trials.
Tactical Tomahawk Passes Acceptance Test 
The U.S. Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test earlier this month.
Pentagon Reports Nunn-McCurdy Unit Cost Breaches For JSOW, WIN-T 
The Defense Department’s most recent Selection Acquisition Report (SAR) shows two Nunn-McCurdy unit cost breaches to their current or original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB).
U.S. Ships Hone Indo-Asia-Pacific Relationships 
The U.S. Navy is giving allies and partners a taste of the American fleet in what the nation now calls the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
U.S. Navy Working To Curb LCS Weight 
In response to issues raised in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the U.S. Navy says it its reducing weight in its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet.
Senators Seek More Insight Into China Strategy 
With the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act report requirement for maritime security strategy placing an emphasis on the South China Sea and East China Sea, some senators want a better of idea of what the U.S. plans to do about Chinese actions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Ford Schedule Hinges On AAG Testing 
While the U.S. Navy still expects delivery of the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in about a year, there is still one potential showstopper: successful testing of the advanced arresting gear (AAG).
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"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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