Amy Butler

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.

Articles
Challenges Remain For MUOS ‘Smart Phone’ Payload 
Work still remains to declare the new MUOS payload – designed to provide 3G “smart phone-like” capabilities to users around the globe – operational on the $8.2 billion system.
U-2 Gets New Radar, IR Camera Modes Despite Retirement 
Though the U.S. Air Force is continuing to prepare for the retirement of the U-2, Secretary Deborah James is proceeding with key upgrades to keep the high-flying surveillance aircraft relevant.
Kendall: Boeing ‘Has the Capacity’ To Deliver On KC-46  52
Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall says he still feels Boeing can deliver on the program as planned, despite its setbacks.
Skunk Works Continues Work on Open Mission Systems 
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has completed another demonstration of using a high-flying U-2 spy aircraft to support a growing variety of missions and technologies compliant with the U.S. Air Force’s open mission systems (OMS) architecture-compliant standard.
MDA Renews Focus On Multiple Kill, Directed Energy 
The cost of ballistic missile interceptors, and the chance of failure, is high, but lasers pose their own efficiency and cost challenges.
MH17 Downed By SA-11 Missile, U.S. Intel Confirms  57
The U.S. intelligence community has settled on the assessment that the offending system was a Russian-made SA-11, also dubbed the Gadfly by NATO.
U.S. Army Struggles With Low-Cost Launch For Nanosats 
The U.S. Army seems to be having problems finding a low-cost way to quickly launch its nanosatellites, and is turning to industry for help.
U.S. Intel Determines SA-11 Downed MH17 
The U.S. intelligence community has settled on the assessment that the offending system was a Russian-made SA-11, also dubbed the Gadfly by NATO.
Missile Defense Agency To Maximize Efficiency Of Interceptors 
The agency this week is issuing three concept development contracts for the new Multiple Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) program, one each to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing.
As F-35 Begins Operations, More Hurdles Loom  30
Marines eye improvements in maintenance and multiship functionality for operational F-35Bs, but other nations wait for more robust versions.
U.S. Army Eyes AESA For Patriot 
Budget pressures are likely to stretch the project out before it even gets started, according to the Army’s procurement chief.
USAF Kicks Off Jstars Recap Pre-Development Work 
The U.S. Air Force is taking a major step forward in its long-desired plan to begin replacing the E-8C Joint Stars air-to-ground surveillance fleet with the release of three competitive contracts to develop next-generation concepts.
Podcast: Fighters – the F-35 and Beyond 7
A look at the obstacles that lie ahead for Lockheed Martin’s mammoth F-35 program, how its limitations with dogfighting is leading other militaries to tout maneuverability and how the U.K. is equipping other fighters with weapons that the F-35 can’t yet use. Amy Butler and Tony Osborne also spend a little time discussing this summer’s tanker blues.
Mishap Grounds KC-46 As Team Preps For Flutter Tests  6
KC-46 fuel system set to undergo a round of inspections following embarrassing test mix-up at Boeing.
Combat Lessons Prompt U.S. Navy To Consider New Growler Payload  18
Post-Libya, the Royal Australian Air Force adds forward-looking infrared and air-to-air missiles. The U.S. Navy may follow suit.
 

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