Amy Butler

Senior Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's senior Pentagon editor and has flown on a variety of military aircraft since joining the staff, including a 9-hr. HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina, and the MV-22 Osprey, UH-72A Lakota, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F-16CJ, BAE Hawk trainer and C-2 Greyhound carrier capable transport.
As senior Pentagon editor, Amy covers major U.S. military aviation programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, next-generation bomber and KC-46A aerial refueler. She also specializes in coverage of missile defense and military space programs.
Prior to joining Aviation Week, she was the Pentagon bureau chief for Defense Daily covering multiple services' programs, the defense budget and Defense Department dealings with Congress. She worked as the managing editor of Inside the Air Force covering Air Force procurement and policy issues. Prior to that, she was the The Daily Sun's military reporter in Warner Robins, Ga., where she participated in a two-week media trip to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and reported on Air Force activities supporting the no-fly zone over Iraq. 
Amy studied English literature and history at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and took a term at Oxford University, England.

USAF Requests Funds To Launch DMSP-20 
After the SpaceX protest, U.S. Air Force seeks more-competitive launch opportunities
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Shot Down: U.S. Official 13

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was shot down by a surface-to-air missile system on July 17, according to a U.S. government official.

Air Force Fifth-to-Fourth Plan Questioned 2
U.S. Air Force lacks clear plan to link F-22 and F-35 operationally
F-35s Flying In Restricted Envelope 4
Lockheed Martin has conducted a flight of the F-35C, a Navy variant designed for aircraft carrier arrested landings and catapult takeoffs, at its Fort Worth final assembly facility.
USAF Requests Funds For Additional Launch, Study Of Alternatives 

LONDON — The U.S. Air Force is requesting $100 million to add a launch to its fiscal 2014 program, as well as additional funding for seed money to look at new launch alternatives.

This launch is for the 20th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-20) spacecraft, and would be in addition to a National Reconnaissance Office mission for which the Air Force issued a draft request for proposals June 4. The funding was included in the $4.3 billion fiscal 2014 omnibus reprogramming request recently sent to Congress.

F-35 Lightning II Will Not Strike At Farnborough 6
"This decision was reached after consultation with operational commanders and airworthiness authorities, despite the decision by airworthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight," a Pentagon spokesman said.
USAF Requests Funds For Additional Launch, Study Of Alternatives 
This launch is for the 20th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft and would be in addition to a National Reconnaissance Office mission for which the Air Force issued a draft request for proposals June 4.
F-35 Cleared To Fly, But Not To Farnborough Yet 3
The U.S. Air Force and Navy air worthiness authorities have approved the F-35 for a limited return to flight, though there has been no determination on whether the single-engine, stealthy jet will make it to the Farnborough air show here by its close Sunday.
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