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
Protect The Ohio-Class Replacements, Greenert Says 
With the specter of sequestration and other budget cuts threatening to whittle away again at U.S. Navy’s spending plans across the future years defense program (FYDP), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, has one overriding request for lawmakers: save the funding for the Ohio-class replacement (ORP) fleet.
Podcast: Flight Tracking One Year After MH370
Aviation Week editors Jim Asker, John Croft and Michael Fabey discuss the ongoing search for MH370 and the outlook for changes to flight tracking.
Demand Seen For More Rotary Wing In Asia-Pacific Region 
“Transport helicopters are likely to be a high-demand, low-density asset in a crisis,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies says.
U.S. Navy Tests Aegis BMD Prowess 
Three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched earlier this month almost simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Alternative Fuels Save U.S. Navy Money, Mabus says 
“Over the lives of these contracts, we’re going to be paying less for energy than we do today using traditional sources of energy,” U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says.
U.S. Coast Guard Makes Offshore Patrol Cutter Top Priority 
At the same time, the Coast Guard is still focused on maintaining operations in Western Hemisphere locales and expanding its presence in the Arctic.
HII, U.S. Navy Work Through CVN 79 Deal 
As the Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) works on completing the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, the company and U.S. Navy are working out further contract details for the building of CVN 79.
Unmanned Systems Anchor Missing Airliner Search  2
Conspiracy theories surrounding MH370 persist because many people do not grasp the difficulties of searching such a vast and desolate area, even given all the state-of-the-art equipment and personnel dedicated to this task.
More Ohio-Class Sub Replacement Interest Surfaces 
The total Ohio Replacement Program is estimated to cost a great deal more – and while the Navy and Congress say the program is really needed, no one is guaranteeing the funding for it.
U.S. Looks To Strengthen AP Ties 
The U.S. is making moves to bolster its relationships with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
HII Focuses On Securing LPD 28 Contract 
“I appreciate the progress made in securing funding for LPD 28, but our team will not rest until that ship is under contract,” says Michael Petters, CEO of HII, which would build the ship.
LCS 3 Continues To Prove Value In Pacific 
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 3 USS Fort Worth has reported a readiness availability thus far during its initial Western Pacific deployment of about 80%.
U.S. Navy Shipboard Laser Shows ISR Potential 
Not only do recent U.S. Navy shipboard laser tests show the technology’s potential, but they provide a glimpse of the equipment for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), says Robert Afza, a senior fellow at Lockheed Martin specializing in directed energy.
China Faces Military Shortcomings Despite Improvements, Rand Says 
While China has made substantial strides in improving its military, the country still faces significant hurdles, a recent Rand report says.
 
Blogs
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

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Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015
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AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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