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.

Carter Releases Budget Details, Talks Antiship SM-6 
Next week’s fiscal 2017 Pentagon budget proposal will include more U.S. Navy aircraft, missiles and submarine investments, including funding for a new antiship version of the SM-6 missile.
U.S. Navy, Marines Focus On F-18 Oxygen Problem 
Noting that their pilots are reporting more incidents of breathing problems in F-18-based aircraft, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are combining their resources to find causes and fixes for the problems.
Marine Officials Defend F-35B Test Performance 
U.S. Marine Corps brass are telling lawmakers they were impressed with the strong performance of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter in recent tests.
Podcast: Pregame Analysis of the Fiscal 2017 Defense Budget 2
Days before the Pentagon details its request for spending $582.7 billion, Bill Sweetman provides his thoughts on how an “arsenal plane” might work. And Michael Fabey explains why the Littoral Combat Ship might not experience the budget cuts others have predicted.
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Seek More Aircraft, Parts 
The lack of aircraft and spare parts is curtailing the number of fighters and other airplanes available for proper training, cutting into surge readiness and creating other operational concerns, some of the top officers for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps air operations say.
U.S. Navy, Marines Change Tactics For Air-Centric LHA 6 
The aviation-centric New Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 6 USS America may create problems for U.S. Marines to move their forces ashore as needed, and the U.S. Navy and Marines are working on new tactics to do the job, a report says.
China Electronic Warfare Biggest Game Changer, CSIS Says 
China’s missiles may get the headlines, but the People’s Liberation Army’s electronic warfare capabilities may warrant the biggest concern, the Center for Strategic and International Studies says in a recent report.
India Gears Up For Second Canister-Based Trial Of Agni-V 
India is preparing to conduct the second canister-based trial of the nuclear-capable Agni-V missile by the end of this month, a government official says.
U.S. Navy Chief Looks To Bolster Ties With India 
U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is visiting India through Feb. 6 to help deepen maritime partnerships between the two countries, Navy officials say.
Carrier Lincoln Catapult Passes Overhaul Test 
Sailors aboard aircraft carrier CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln completed no-load testing on catapult one in January.
Navy Awards General Dynamics Sub Follow-On Contract 
The U.S. Navy recently awarded a follow-on, omnibus contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems that continues a broad scope of work for fire control systems and subsystems aboard the U.S. Navy’s and U.K. Royal Navy’s nuclear ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN),
Seahawk Helicopters Face Testing Challenges 
Both the MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk helicopter models face testing challenges for certain specific missions, according to a recently released report by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) office.
Aegis Upgrades Face Testing Challenges 
While the proposed Aegis combat system improvements are generally going well, the U.S. Navy faces some testing hurdles, a recently released report by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation office says.
Okinawa’s Strategic Importance Seen Growing 
With China on the rise and maritime territorial disputes growing in the Asia-Pacific region, Okinawa is becoming more important for U.S. strategic interests, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Pentagon LCS Directives Raise Questions, CRS Says 
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s December memo directing the U.S. Navy to reduce its proposed Littoral Combat Ship buy and pick only one design raises a number of questions, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report.
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