Justin Katz

Justin Katz was Inside the Navy’s associate editor until November 2020. He was previously a local news reporter in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. A New York native, he graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Archived Articles
Daily News | January 30, 2020

Early operational testing of the Columbia-class submarine's design turned up risks that may affect the ship's operational effectiveness and suitability, a new report by the Pentagon's top weapons tester revealed.

The Insider | January 30, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper this week previewed his themes for the fiscal year 2021 budget request in a memorandum to the Pentagon's top leadership, writing that the new budget "supports irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy."

Daily News | January 29, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is planning in the coming days to present the defense secretary with a plan for how the service can reach its goal of 355 ships.

Daily News | January 24, 2020

A government watchdog says the organization responsible for surge sealift ships failed to accurately report readiness statistics and could have jeopardized combatant commanders' decisions as a result, adding to series of public criticisms detailing problems with the Pentagon's maritime logistics forces.

The Insider | January 24, 2020

The Navy has begun a $200 million, three-year renovation effort on a dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

The Insider | January 23, 2020

The Navy expects to receive several Ship to Shore Connectors this year, but residual issues revealed in last year's budget request remain, according to a service official overseeing the program.

Daily News | January 22, 2020

The Navy needs to send clear signals to the hypersonics industrial base in anticipation of the coming transition from developing prototypes to producing the weapon systems at scale, according to the service's acting chief civilian.

The Insider | January 21, 2020

The Navy is planning an exercise this year with the full suite of its new mine countermeasures capabilities to continue testing how effectively the mission package can be used on vessels other than the Littoral Combat Ship.

Daily News | January 17, 2020

The Navy plans to work with the Army and Air Force to expand the use of its developmental common system for controlling various unmanned vehicles, according to an officer overseeing the effort.

Daily News | January 16, 2020

The differences in cost estimates between the Navy and government analysts for a new multimission auxiliary vessel were caused by excessive requirements, according to a Navy officer overseeing the ship's development.

Daily News | January 16, 2020

Navy officers this week expressed confidence the service can adapt to new legislation that prevents it from including a vertical launching system on a major unmanned surface vessel concept design.

The Insider | January 15, 2020

The Navy this fiscal year plans to finalize the requirements for the midlife overhaul of its amphibious transport dock ships, according to an officer overseeing surface ship modernization.

The Insider | January 13, 2020

The Navy today awarded Leonardo Helicopters a $176 million contract to produce and deliver the service's next training helicopter, TH-73A, according to a Defense Department statement.

Daily News | January 7, 2020

The Pentagon's advanced research arm recently announced a new three-year program focused on improving medium unmanned surface vessels' ability to move in formation through rough waters.

The Insider | January 3, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says he plans to make recommendations to the defense secretary on how the service can achieve a 355-ship fleet within 10 years.

Daily News | January 3, 2020

The Navy last month directed its top surface warfare officer to develop the concepts of operations for two major unmanned surface vessel programs, according to a Dec. 19 message to the fleet.

The Insider | January 2, 2020

The No. 2 officer at U.S. Transportation Command says the results of TRANSCOM's September sealift exercise highlight the issues the Pentagon has had about its surge sealift capabilities.

Daily News | December 23, 2019

A funding reduction for aircraft carrier research and development is included in both the fiscal year 2020 defense policy and spending bills, despite the Navy’s concerns that the cut threatens a major dual-ship buy contract and could lead to shipyard delays.

The Insider | December 20, 2019

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly outlined in a new memorandum the service's near-term goals to make the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) ready to deploy as quickly as possible.

Daily News | December 20, 2019

The White House Office of Management and Budget rejected the Navy's current efforts to develop a new multimission auxiliary vessel, citing the $1 billion price tag, and wants the service to focus resources on buying used sealift vessels instead.

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